Plastic Engraved Type in Photoshop

November 6, 2006 2:14 am

Plastic Engraved Type in Photoshop
Photoshop Tutorial

by Colin Smith

How to embed type in photoshop. Heres a tutorial that will how you how to carve your mark. This is so simple it should be illegal.


  • Gradients
  • Type
  • Layers
  • Layer Styles
  • Difficulty 4/10



Start with the background. This is one I made using a couple of gradients.




Add a new layer with your type on it.





Duplicate your background layer. Press Ctrl/Cmd+J
Ctrl/Cmd click on your type layer to start the "marching ants"
Make sure your top background layer is active.
Press delete, you won't see any difference, but you just cut a hole in your layer.
Click the eye icon next tothe type layer to hide it.


click the "f" at the bottom od the layers pallette to add a layer style.

Go to bevel and emboss and fool around until you get a similar result. See your type appear just like magic.

Keep the layer style box open.






Now go to drop shadow and add a similar setting.

Click ok to apply your effect.






Now lets darken the background a bit for some added realism.

Select the bottom background layer.

Press Ctrl/Cmd+L to open the levels box

Drag the left most slider in a bit and the middle one to the right a bit to darken things up a tad.




Here is the result!


download the PSD

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Article Comments

DRAKELOT ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 November 2006

Cool !!!!

calum5 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 09 November 2006

Yes a cool method,thanks for sharing and taking the time to do it:)cal