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Emboss Photoshop Tutorial
Tutorials Basics 32972 Views August 21st, 2012

One of the most useful Photoshop filters for me is the Emboss filter especially for creating textures. The emboss effect also known as bump, bevel effect simply adds depth to your image accordingly to your image contrast. In this tutorials I will show you how you can use the emboss in Photoshop to obtain great textures and backgrounds. Nothing complicated, it is a tutorial especially for the Photoshop beginners that hopefully will learn new tips and tricks.


In today's tutorial I want to show you some simple ways in which you can use the Emboss Filter to obtain interesting and most of all unexpected results. The first thing that you need to know is where to find this Photoshop filter; the emboss filter is in the Filters, Stylize menu.

Bevel and Emboss Text/Shapes

The emboss effect or bevel effect for text and shapes is obtained mostly using the layer styles like Inner Shadow, Inner Glow and last but not least the Bevel and Emboss effect. So the Emboss Filter is not really used for this kind of emboss text effect. I will show you how a text looks in both cases.

So to obtain bevel text in Photoshop using the emboss filter, simply write a black text, rasterize the text and apply the emboss filter. You can see that the emboss filter has some items that you need to set. First we have the angle that determines from where the light comes. In our case the angle is 125 that means that the light is coming from the top left. The height determines the bevel depth or height. And the last but not least we have the amount that determines the light/dark balance.

If you want a more soft emboss result, add a gray Inner Glow and rasterize the effect before you add the emboss filter. But you have to remember that the emboss filter is not for text effects.

Bevel and Emboss Photos

Another thing that you can do with this filter is to use it on a photo. You will obtain a copy of the original image with the details embossed. I have used this girl stock for the preview.

You can not do many things with this image. One idea is to desaturate it and use it to make a customized metal coin but there are better methods to do that. Another thing is to use it to sharpen the photo. Place it over the initial image and change the blend mode to Multiply. You will obtain a more sharpen image with better contrast. It can be used in combination with the High Pass filter.

Bevel and Emboss Textures

Now let's talk about the best method in which you can use the emboss filter. I am talking about using emboss to create different textures from scratch in Photoshop. You can play and combine different effects to make hundreds of textures using the emboss filter. I will mention in the following lines, the most commonly textures created using this effect.

1. Wall Texture

First we will make a wall texture using the Noise Filter and the Emboss Filter. Create a new canvas, fill it with #d0d8da color and apply the noise filter like shown in the image:

Apply the Emboss Filter and set the blend mode to Color Burn 100% opacity.

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