Tutorials Matter! August 14, 2012
Raised or Embossed Text
Michelle Bradshaw, Blog Team
Here is an easy, yet fun way to add a title or a different look to your journaling on a page. I am using PSE8 for this example, the instructions should work for other versions of PSE and Photoshop as well.
Open any layout, photo or a digital scrapbook paper that you want to add text or a title to.
Duplicate the photo or paper layer where you want to add the text, ctrl/[cmd on a mac]+j. Make sure that the top layer of the 2 is the active layer in the layers palette.
Press T, or click on the Type Tool. Type whatever your text as you want it to appear. Color does
not matter however, consider a font that is somewhat bold for this technique to show. This font is Second Breakfast and it has been bolded to add additional emphasis. Adjust the size and leading until the text looks the way you want it to.
From the menu bar at the top: Layer >simplify (elements) or Layer >rasterize >type (cs). You can also right click on the active layer in your layers palette to simplify / rasterize.
With the top photo/paper layer active, clip it to the text layer. This can be achieved from the menu bar at the top under ‘Layer’. In elements: Ctrl/cmd +g or, in CS ctrl/cmd +alt + g,
or hold down the ctrl key and click on the line between the two layers in the layers palette.
With the text layer now active. Add a drop shadow. You can stop here if that is the look you want or continue on to edit the drop shadow and add a bevel.
You can adjust the drop shadow and also add an additional style, such as a bevel to create an embossed look to your text. Adjust the settings here until your test looks the way you want.
Merge all three by selecting all 3, right clicking and choosing Merge Layers.
Here is what the text looks like with the bevel and a very small drop shadow.
Here is what Debby(debbysrose) did with the tutorial with a bit of journaling added to paper that looks like sand so that the text has the look of sand writing. She only added a bevel to the text without the drop shadow for this look.
Enjoy adding a different touch to titles and text!