Cut Out Embossed Text Photoshop Tutorial

Create this embossed text with a centre cutout using a free font, two free gradient sets and Photoshop’s blending options.

Cut Out Embossed Text

Resources:

Angie’s New House Font from dafont.com

Sabor’s Metal Gradients from deviantart.com

Autumn Gradients from deviantart.com


Step 1

Open a new file using the following settings:

New File Settings

Create a new layer and fill it with brown #A45E14

Name the layer ‘brown’

Step 2

Select the Type tool, Angie’s New House font, size 300pt, foreground colour black

Type each letter of your text on a separate layer

Rasterize each layer by right clicking on the layer in the layers palette and clicking Rasterize Type

Step 3

The next few steps are to be applied to every letter

NOTE: It is very important to rename the layers as directed to avoid confusion

Ctrl + Click on the thumbnail of the letter in the layers palette to select the pixels

Select>Modify>Contract – set to 8px

Create a new layer – name it [the letter, ie H] bg, eg: ‘H bg’

Fill the selection with black – do not deselect

Make the letter layer active and hit the Delete key – do not deselect

Select>Modify>Contract – set to 8px

Create a new layer – name it [the letter, ie H] fg, eg: ‘H fg’

Fill the selection with black

Ctrl + D to deselect

At this point you will not be able to see either of your new layers

Rearrange the layers in the layers palette to this order:

  • H fg
  • H
  • H bg

Step 4

Double click on the # fg layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Drop Shadow, Bevel and Emboss and Gradient Overlay settings:

Drop Shadow Settings (fg)

Bevel & Emboss Settings (fg)

Gradient Overlay Settings (fg)

Step 5

Double click on the letter layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Drop Shadow, Bevel and Emboss and Gradient Overlay settings:

Drop Shadow Settings (letter)

Bevel & Emboss Settings (letter)

Gradient Overlay Settings (letter)

Step 6

Double click on the # bg layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Gradient Overlay Settings:

Gradient Overlay Settings (bg)

Repeat steps 3, 4, 5 and 6 for each letter of your text

NOTE: Once you have applied the blending options settings to the first letter, you can copy and paste the layer style for each subsequent letter: right click on the layer in the layers palette and click Copy Layer Style, right click on the target layer in the layers palette and click Paste Layer Style.

Step 7

When all letters have the style applied

Turn off the visibility of the background layer

Right click on any visible layer and click Merge Visible

Rename the layer ‘text’

Restore visibility to the background layer

Step 8

With the background layer active

Ctrl + A to select all

Make the text layer active

Select the Move tool and click on the Align Vertical Centers and Align Horizontal Centers icons at the top of the screen:

Align Centers Icons

Ctrl + D to deselect

Step 9

Ctrl + Click on the thumbnail of the text layer to select the pixels

Select>Modify>Expand – set to 30px

Create a new layer

Set the foreground colour to brown #764210

Fill the selection – do not deselect

Select>Modify>Contract – set to 12px

Make sure the new layer is active

Hit the Delete key

Ctrl + D to deselect

Name the layer ‘frame’

Step 10

Duplicate the frame layer

Double click on the original frame layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply a black Color Overlay

Step 11

Select the Move tool

Use the arrow keys to move the black frame 2 pixels to the right and 2 pixels down (you have to be viewing your project at 100% to be accurate with this)

Step 12

Apply a layer mask to the frame layer by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the layers palette

With black as the foreground colour, mask out all the shadow outside of the frame – when you have done most of it, turn off the visibility of the frame copy layer and continue to mask out the shadow – the end result should look like this:

Shadow

Step 13

With the frame copy layer active

Select the Magic Wand tool and click anywhere outside of the frame

Select>Modify>Expand – set to 2px

Make the brown layer active and hit the Delete key

Add a layer mask to the brown layer and mask out carefully around the outside edge of the frame

You can now flatten the image and crop it as desired

The finished project:

Cut Out Embossed Text



There is a lot of repetitive work involved in this tutorial – I tried to make an action to apply the layers styles to the text, but it wouldn’t run for each letter – perhaps you can suggest quicker ways of carrying out the repetitive tasks here – please let me know in the comments

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