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Etched text effect using Photoshop Tutorial by irene.thompson80 (Views:3440)


There are some very specific design features that need etched looking letters. In fact, effects like these are great for specific cover themes for catalog printing and business cards. Luckily for you, in Photoshop, you can do this easily and quickly. You just need to gather the right textures and effects to get that etched impression.

Here is a very easy to follow tutorial to help you easily do it for any kind of color booklet design or even for other special effects as well. Let is first start with the Initial requirements.



  1. First prepare your main canvass
  2. Open up Photoshop and set the precise dimensions for your document. Do not forget to set the resolution as well. 72ppi is for web images and 300ppi or higher if you are using this for booklet covers etc. For the background, just leave it as white for now


1. 3. Now that you have your main document, the next step is to add in your background for your design. You of course will decide which exact background you will need that is appropriate for your theme, but for this tutorial we will first create a stone type background as the base.

2. 4. To do this, we colour our background first with a kind of stony color, gray. Just pick the color that you want for the palette, or just click on the foreground color at the bottom of the tools menu and pick your foreground color.


1. 5. Next, use the paint bucket tool to fill out your background with your chosen colour.


1. 6. That should flood the whole canvass with the color.


1. 7. Now that we have the base color that we want, we make into a material texture by adding a little noise. Choose Filter -> Noise -> Add Noise.



1. 8. Once the Noise window opens, play with the noise settings that you want. However to get a subtle stone or concrete type texture you will want to set these values:

a. Amount: 5%

b. Distribution: Gaussian

c. Monochromatic: Checked


9.That should give us a good base texture to work with engaving. Now, just start your engraving by typing in some Text. Don’t worry too much about the color of the text, but for our example, since it is easiest to see, we chose black.



1. 10. Now, right click on the text layer that you created and click on the option, blending options.



1. 11. Once the window appears, click on the main blending options and look for the “Advanced blending” section. For the “Fill Opacity” value, choose a lower number of around 40-50%



1. 12.Then tick the checkbox for “Inner shadow”.




11    13. Also set the Distance and Size of the shadow to something that matches your design. A standard value to go for is:

a. Distance: 3px

b. Size: 9px

2. 14. Next, in the Quality Contour area of the Inner Shadow blending option, be sure to choose “Half Round”. It is the option below the diagonal contour option.



1. 15. Afterwards, just click on OK to get your Etched text result!



1. 16. Now, the great thing is, you can use this on any kind of background texture to get interesting results.  All you have to do, is to copy paste the background image that you want into the background layer and the change should be instantaneous.

17. Below are a few more examples using other kinds of textures.

a. Wood Texture Background


b. Marble Texture Background


c. Silver-Metal Background


Great! Now you know how to setup that nice etched text effect for your digital designs through Photoshop. Once you know the basic effects, you will want alter the fonts, textures and settings to make it look a lot real for your specific kinds of designs.