Tutorial: Making text looks like it's stamped and embossed

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Hi all! I want to thank Cilenia for letting me play on the DDS blog today! My name is Nicky, and I'm on the DDS Creative Team. You can find my blog here.

Recently I was playing with fonts and I found an easy and fun way to make my title look like I stamped and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder! Here is the layout I made:

Ready to try? [Screenshots are in Photoshop CS2 on a Mac.]

1. Open a new document. Mine is 5x7 inches, 300 dpi, transparent background.
2. Choose the type tool. Choose a grungy font. I used "Destroy" but some typewriter fonts work well, too. I used Destroy at 36pt.

3. Open the effects menu. Click on "Bevel and Emboss". I adjusted my settings to inner bevel, chisel soft, 211%, soften 0 px. Highlight opacity 77%, and shadow opacity 66%.

4. Check contour and texture under the Bevel and Emboss heading.

5. Check color overlay. Click on the red rectangle and choose a medium to dark gray. I left the opacity at 100%.

6. Check the Drop Shadow. I set mine at: Opacity 40% (I left the rest the same).

7. Select your move tool and drag your title to your layout. Adjust size as necessary with the type tool. All of the settings will remain the same.

Just play with it! That's what I did!

[Supplies:papers: Coreopsis Artist Papers Kit by Cilenia Curtis at www.Digitaldesignershop.com
file folder frames: School Days Add-On Frames 01 Kit by Cilenia Curtis at www.digitaldesignershop.com
Fonts: Destroy and Pea Olson, downloaded from the internet
Photoshop CS2
Photos taken with both a Canon XTi and an iPhone 4]


  1. Cilenia said...:

    Awesome job Nicky! Love this technique! Thanks for playing with us and showing us how you created that kewl title!

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