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How To Emboss In Photoshop

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Tutorials Basics 36399 Views August 21st, 2012

In this tutorials I will show you how to emboss things in Photoshop. 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 something new about how to emboss in Photoshop.

If you are interested in what you can do with the Emboss filter you should definitely check out this awesome Letterpress And Emboss Photoshop Styles Collection

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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.

How To Emboss In Photoshop

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.

How To Use Emboss Filter In Photoshop

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.

How To Emboss A Photo In Photoshop

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.

Enhance Shadows Using Emboss And Multiply In Photoshop

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 beautiful 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:

Adding Noise In Photoshop

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

Using Noise And Emboss In Photoshop To Create Rough Texture

You can add a Hue/Saturation adjustment with colorize checked to add different tone colors. This texture can be used as wall texture or even as rough paper texture.

How To Use Emboss In Photoshop To Create Rough Wall Texture

2. Crumpled Paper Texture

Another use of this filter is to create a crumpled paper, folded paper or ruffled papere. Let's start with a new empty layer. Pick the Gradient Tool and use it a couple of times to obtain this crumpled paper effect. Use a simple black and white gradient, set the Mode to Difference and the gradient type Diamond Gradient.

How To Use Diamond Gradient In Photoshop

Go to the Filter, Stylize menu and choose Emboss. Set the angle around 135, height 2 and amount 250. You can play with these settings to adjust the result!

Create Wrinkles And Crumples Using Diamond Gradient And Emboss In Photoshop

Adjust the Brightness/Contrast balance and you can also add a Hue/saturation like in the previous steps, for adding color. The effect presented above can be used to create fabric folds for example with some minor adjustments.

How To Make Crumpled Paper Texture Using Diamond Gradient And Emboss In Photoshop

Click on this link to download free stock images of crumpled paper textures and many other textures, check out Textures4Photoshop.com

3. Dragon Skin and Leather Texture

Let's start again with a layer filled with white color. Make sure you have a black foreground and an white background. Go to the Filter, Texture menu and choose Stained Glass with the following settings.

Photoshop Stained Glass Filter Effect

Add a Gaussian Blur of around 1.5px radius and apply the Emboss Filter like shown in the image.

Stained Glass Filter With Emboss In Photoshop

All you have to do to obtain a reptile skin or dragon skin is to apply a texture over the emboss layer with an Overlay or Hard Light blend mode. You can combine different textures for great results; the rusty texture works really great to color the skin.

How To Create Dragon Skin Texture With Stained Glass Filter And Emboss In Photoshop

This were just a few of the many ways how to emboss in Photoshop and how to use the Emboss filter to create beautiful and unexpected effects. I will just mention some of the other effects that can be obtained: rock texture, glass texture, water texture and so on. Here you can find a list with other Texture Photoshop Tutorials where the emboss filter is used.

If you're looking for amazing textures and backgrounds for Photoshop, explore Textures4Photoshop where you can find 1000+ unique images. You can download all these textures and backgrounds for free to use in personal or commercial projects!

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