Photoshop Tutorial: Quick Steps to Create an Embossed or Debossed Text Effect

An Embossed or Debossed text effect either in a printed paper or digital image looks exclusive. You may be inspired by an embossed or debossed design on a web image. Then, you may also think to create an embossed text effect on your product logo design, or probably for beautifying your website name or logo with a debossed text effect on the view. Or, you perhaps would like to add up your designing skills because you want to become a skillful graphic designer. So, here you are going to learn the basic graphic designing skills on how to create an embossed or debossed text effect in Photoshop.

The steps on the Photoshop tutorials below are using a simple technique to create embossed and debossed text effects. With some settings to your artwork, you’ll be able to create a realistic look embossed or debossed text effect.

You can apply the embossed and debossed text effect technique in Photoshop to create a logo or brand mockup template. However, this technique does not only work for text, but you can also practice this designing technique with any drawing or sketch.

How to Create an Embossed Text Effect in Photoshop

Step 1

You can start to create a texture image or open up an existing texture image, or any background image in your Photoshop. Then, create a new layer. Copy the text from the background layer and paste it on the new layer using the “paste as pixels” (Ctrl + V) option.

Step 2

Now you can move the texture image at the desired position using Move Tool (V).

 

Step 3

If it’s a textual pixel, right-click on this layer thumbnail and choose select pixels. It’s the quick way to select the pixels of a textual image. Alternatively, you can use a Quick Selection Tool (W) such as Magic Wand Tool to select the pixels of another type of image.

Step 4

Now, click the Background layer and Copy using a shortcut Ctrl+C. After that, make a new layer above the background layer and paste the selection you just copied into the new layer. This way is to make a copy of your textual image that appears to be structured of the same color as your background layer.

Step 5

Then, you are going to open up the Layer Style window by double-clicking on the latest layer you just created. After that, click the “Bevel & Emboss” option on the left-side to start creating the beveled effect. Make the following settings to the “Bevel & Emboss”;

Step 6

Still, your settings on the “Layer Style” window, click the “Inner Shadow” option and adjust some the settings similar to the image below.

Step 7

Now, go to the “Layer Style” window again and click the “Gradient Overlay” option. Set some options in that tab to match the settings as the picture below. The gradient will be a black and white combination, so make sure you set the gradient color settings to black (R:0, G: 0, B:0) and white (R:255, G:255, B:255).

Step 8

Then, move your work to the “Drop Shadow” option under the “Layer Style” window. Do some settings to match the following image. After that, “OK” to apply the settings.

Step 9

You are going to create the light source effect to the textual image. So, make a new layer and select the new layer. Then hold down the CTRL key, and click on the textual layer thumbnail. This way will make a selection on the textual area without including the pixels.

Step 10

Use the “Paint Bucket” tool (G) and fill that area on the new layer you just created with white.

Step 11

Then, move that selection 4 pixels to the right and 2 pixels to the down side using the arrow keys of your keyboard. Moving one pixel means one hit of the arrow key.

Step 12

Change the “Feather Radius setting to 2 pixels by going to Select  → Modify  → Feather.

Step 13

Press delete on your keyboard to remove the selected area.

Step 14

Reduce the opacity value of the light layer to 20%.

Step 15

Finally, save visible layers (CTRL+S) to have our embossed textual image looks realistic on a single bitmap file.

How to Create a Debossed Text Effect in Photoshop

Step 1

Just like how to create an embossed text effect tutorial above, create a new layer. Copy the text or any image object from the background layer and paste it on the new layer using the “paste as pixels” (Ctrl + V) option.

Step 2

Now you can move the texture image at the desired position using Move Tool (V).

Step 3

If it’s a textual pixel, right-click on this layer thumbnail and choose select pixels. It’s the quick way to select the pixels of a textual image. Alternatively, you can use a Quick Selection Tool (W) such as Magic Wand Tool to select the pixels of another type of image.

 

Step 4

Now, click the Background layer and Copy using a shortcut Ctrl+C. After that, make a new layer above the background layer and paste the selection you just copied into the new layer. This way is to make a copy of your textual image that appears to be structured of the same color as your background layer.

 

Step 5

Then, you are going to open up the Layer Style window by double-clicking on the latest layer you just created. After that, click the “Bevel & Emboss” option on the left-side to start creating the beveled effect. Match the settings to the settings on the following image.

Step 6

Click the “Inner Shadow” option in the “Layer Style” window and adjust the settings to match the image below. Then, click “OK”.

Step 7

Now, you can save your debossed text effect (CTRL+S)

Conclusion

Every designer has its own style of creativity. You may face some potential clients need a graphic design that looks realistic like on a real paper. You can the embossed or debossed text effect to give your clients a clear understanding of what the final design will look like. So, you know have the basic mockup an embossed and debossed textual effect that you can develop to create other graphic design products.

Photoshop Tutorial: Quick Steps to Create an Embossed or Debossed Text Effect was last modified: August 4th, 2017 by