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Press Letter Photoshop Effect
Tutorials Text Effects 41407 August 8th, 2018

Learn how to create a press letter effect in Photoshop from this quick tutorial. You will only need some paper texture and some basic Photoshop knowledge. The tutorial has all the important steps detailed so you will follow it vey easily, this is what I hope anyway. If you have any question regarding this press effect don't hesitate to ask. I am even planning to create a Photoshop action to help you make this pressed effect.


Downlod the Letterpress Effect Photoshop Actions

In this Photoshop tutorial I will show you how easy it is to create a press letter effect using some simple layer styles, rough paper texture and a layer mask. This Photoshop press effect can be used for business cards that are printed on rough paper or on cardboard texture.

Press Letter Style Photoshop Effect

Here is the preview image for the press leter effect. I made a simple press business card using some simple pressed text. As you can see this effect works great on shapes too. All we have to do is set some layer styles and find the proper paper txture. It works best on rough paper like cardboard or canvas paper texture.

To create the business card background we have to use a rough paper texture like this one, that has also the advantage that is seamless and free for commercial use.

For the preview image I used "paper-4.jpg" from this paper textures set. Call this first layer Paper Base. Duplicate the Paper Base layer and rename this second paper layer Paper Top.

Open the layer style window for the Paper Base layer and add a Bevel and Emboss effect with these settings:

Open the layer style window for the Paper Top layer and add Bevel and Emboss effect with these settings:

The settings made are not all that visible for the momment but in the following steps you will clearly see why we did these settings.

Now simply add some text layers, shapes or any other rasterized object that you want. I have added a text and a star shape just to see the effect on both types of layers. Change the blend mode of all these layers to Multiply, 100% opacity.

Open the layer style window for the first "Press" text layer and add Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow and Outer Glow with the following settings.

Right click on the Press Text Layer and choose Copy Layer Style. Select all the other text layers and the start shape layer and right click and from that list choose Paste Layer Style. That way you don't have to make all those steps for every layer.

As you can see we have obtained a good press letter effect but for the paper texture that we have this effect is just not enough. To obtain that realistic paper pressed text effect we have make some small adjustments.

Go to the Paper Top layer and add a Layer Mask by pressing the Add Layer Mask button that you can find on the layers tab. If you are not sure how to add a layer mask you can find out from this tutorial on how to create and use layer mask in Photoshop.

Select the Press Text Layer, keep the CTRL key pressed and click on the layer thumbnail to make a selection out of this text.

Return to the Paper Top layer, make sure you have the mask selected (click on the mask). Set the Foreground Color to black color and press SHIFT+F5 to fill the selection with the black color in the mask area.

Press CTRL+D to deselect the selection and to see the result.

Repeat the process for all the other layers; make selection ad fill it with black in the layer mask of the Paper Top layer. As you can see you obtain a press letter effect in just a few simple steps. Your result should now look like this.

Just remember that you just might have to adjust the layer style settings of the Paper Top layer and the Text Layers depending on the size and the thickness of the text/shape. For example you might have to reduce the Drop Shadow distance and size for the Paper Top layer, and also the Outer Glow settings.

You make a nice preview image you can even add a nice wood background and give a little perspective to the business card using the Perspective Tool. Add a soft shadow and here is the final result for the press letter effect made in Photoshop.

Downlod the Letterpress Effect Photoshop Actions

This set contains 10 Photoshop actions with styles intact that will allow you to create cotton and rough paper letterpress style effects of any text and/or vector shape. You can download the Letterpress Creator for just 4$ from graphicriver.

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14 comment(s) for "Press Letter Photoshop Effect"

8:32 AM Monday, August 13, 2012
hola.(psd.dude)estas esplendido el efecto espero conpartir
com los amigos. un brazo. psd.dude.spero nuevos efectos. reply
8:34 AM Monday, August 13, 2012
Thank you my friend! I am glad you like this letter press effect :) reply
8:54 AM Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I have used a free font that comes with Photoshop CS4 version, the font name is Estrangelo Edessa and you can download it from here.
If you don't know how to install a font you can check out this quick tutorial install font. reply
8:54 AM Tuesday, August 21, 2012
What's the font used here ? reply
3:28 AM Friday, August 24, 2012
very nice. Many thanks reply
3:36 AM Friday, August 24, 2012
Your result looks quite good Su, but I am not really sure about the font you have used...maybe you try with another one :-) reply
11:53 PM Thursday, October 18, 2012
I am glad you finally found it :) reply
1:00 AM Thursday, November 8, 2012
Hello -
Thanks for the tutorial! I saw above you were going to make this an action, where can I find that? reply
1:03 AM Thursday, November 8, 2012
I didn't have the time to make the action but you can try this one, it is really similar to the one that I wanted to make letterpress Photoshop action

Let me know if it works for you! reply
1:49 AM Thursday, August 8, 2013
Great tutorial. Thank you. reply
9:14 AM Thursday, March 5, 2015
So glad I found this tutorial. Glad people are still taking the time to write these things out. Got a great result on my end with some designs I was working on. I do actual letterpress in the real world so always nice to take a quick look of how it might come out before hand. CHEERS! reply
9:23 AM Thursday, March 5, 2015
Your letterpress card looks great, I like the design very much! Keep up the good work Dan :) reply
9:44 AM Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Awesome, I've been looking tutorial for this for a months !!! reply
Su Hall
Su Hall
1:06 PM Monday, April 29, 2019
I tried this one and have uploaded my results. Nice tutorial! I saved the 'styles' for the type. I'm thinking of going back and doing an action! LOL
Thank you!

Su reply

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