Embossed text in Photoshop

The result to which we will strive:

In this quick tutorial, you will learn how to create mechanical text using layer styles in Photoshop. Let’s start!

Materials used

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Step 1

First create a new .PSD document, 600 x 400 pixels in RGB mode, 72 dots per inch with any background color. Now we will prepare our materials. Install the SF Sports Night font on your computer and open all .PAT files.

Step 2

Now go to Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options (Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options) and use the settings below. You can also access the blending options in two faster ways. The first and fastest way is to double-click on a layer in the layers menu. Another way: Right-click on a layer in the layers menu and select Blending Modes. When you are done with all the settings below, do not forget to click “OK” in the overlay settings window!

Inner shadow: Blend mode – Linear dimmer, color # 480000, opacity 27%, angle 120, use global illumination, offset 0 pix., Compression 30%, size 128 pixels., Noise 4%.

Color overlay: Blend Mode – Soft light, color # afb2ab, opacity 51%.

Pattern overlay: Blend mode – Normal, 100% opacity, use the fifth texture from the Grungy Stripes Pattern, 50% scale.

Step 3

Now we can start making our text effect. First select the type of text and change the font to AltUpright SF Sports Night NS, the size is about 175 points and the smoothing method is Sharp. Now enter text somewhere in the center of the image. You can write any word, but in this lesson we will use the word “MECH”.

Step 4

Finally we are ready to start adding styles for our text. Go to Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options (Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Blend Options) and use the settings below for our text. You can also use quick access to the blending options from step 2 of this lesson. When you are done with all the settings below, do not forget to click “OK” in the overlay settings window! This text layer will add some shadows and light for the final result.

Shadow: Overlay mode – Brightening the base, color # a68d38, opacity 63%, angle 0, uncheck “use global illumination”, offset 11 pixels., Span 0%, size 13 pixels., Noise 0%.

External glow: Blend mode – Darkening of the base, opacity 100%, noise 9%, color- # 363113, soft method, 18% span, 13 pixel size, a check mark on “smoothing”, 100% range, 0% fluctuation

Step 5

We are almost there. Now we need to duplicate our text layer. Select the text layer and go Menu> Layer> Duplicate layer (Menu> Layer> Duplicate Layer) and name it whatever you want. Now go Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Clear Layer Style (Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Clear Layer Style), as we will apply a different style for this layer.

Finally go to Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options (Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Overlay Settings) and use the settings below for your text. Again, you can use quick access to the blending options from step 2 of this lesson. When you are done with all the settings below, do not forget to click “OK” in the overlay settings window! This is the main text effect and should be on top of the second text layer.

Shadow: Blend mode – Normal, color # 080c03, opacity 100%, angle 90, uncheck “use global illumination”, 7 pixel offset, 100% offset, 5 pixel size, 0% noise.

Inner shadow: Blend mode – Brightening base, color #ffffff, opacity 39%, angle 90, uncheck “use global illumination”, Offset 5 pix., Whitening 100%, size 0 pix., Noise 0%.

External glow: Blend mode – Normal, opacity 100%, noise 0%, color- # 1c2c0a, soft method, 100% span, 3 pixels. Tick for smoothing, 100% range, 0% wobble.

Internal glow: Blend mode: Normal, opacity 69%, noise 45%, color # 1a1301, soft method, source-at edges, 100% whiteness, 4 pix. Size, 13% range, 0% fluctuation.

Stamping: Style-internal bevel, method-smooth, depth 134%, direction down, angle -90, uncheck “use global illumination”, height 30, gloss contour-ring, backlight mode, light the background, color # ffd988, opacity 35%, shadow mode-darkening of the base, color # 171718, opacity 19%.

Circuit: -semi-circle, a tick on the “smoothing”, the range of 61%.

Texture: -Use the third texture from the set “Metallic Pattern”, scale 50%, depth + 11%, uncheck “tied with layer”

Gloss: Blending mode – Brightening the base, color # e2cf85, opacity 49%, angle 139, offset 24 pixels., Size 24 pixels., Contour-inverted cone, tick invert.

Color overlay: Blend Mode – Chroma, color # 202819, opacity 100%.

Gradient overlay: Blending mode – Multiplication, opacity 78%, from # 171718 to #ffffff, linear style, “align by layer” checkbox, angle 90, scale 100%.

Pattern overlay: Blend mode – Normal, 100% opacity, use the third texture from the Metallic Pattern, 5% scale.

Stroke: Size 1 pix., Position-outside, blend mode-normal, stroke type-pattern, use the fourth texture from the Grunge Natural Pattern set, scale 12%.

Conclusion

We are done. Now you can replace the text with any other (in both text layers), but the effect will remain the same. You can also play with different fonts.

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