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Today let us create a cool embossed text effect in Photoshop. Also, it’s glossy! Everyone loves glossy things 🙂 Without further ado let’s get started! (Just scroll to the bottom to see the finished product.)

Here are the tutorial details:

  • Software used: Photoshop CS3 (though the process doesn’t change much with the more recent versions)
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

Step 1: Type the text of your choice.

Using the Horizontal Type Tool, enter your desired text on the canvas. Choose the color #7accc8. The size of the text used here is 72pt.

Step 2: Duplicate the text layer.

You can easily duplicate the layer by dragging it to the Create a new layer icon in the layer palette as shown in the image above. You can drag the new copied layer below the original one afterwards.

Step 3: Add layer styles.

Double-click the copied layer (the one below) in the layer palette. The Layer Style window appears. Here you will set the following effects: Drop Shadow, Color Overlay, and Stroke. Take note of the values/parameters in the following screenshots:

Step 3A: Drop Shadow – set the angle to 90 degrees and the distance to 3px

Step 3B: Color Overlay – set the color to white (#ffffff)

Step 3C: Stroke – set the size to 3px, position to Outside and the color to #292929

Click OK to confirm. Click the Move tool (from the toolbar) and make sure that the layer that you just added layer styles with is selected. Move this layer above a nudge by pressing the up cursor in the keyboard. This will create the subtle embossed effect in the text and the white color overlay will serve as its highlight. Your canvas should now look like this:

Step 4: Create a clipping mask above the text.

Create a new layer above the text layers and press Ctrl+Alt+G to make it a clipping mask. If you are not familiar what clipping masks are, it simply takes the shape of the layer that is underneath it. Don’t worry about it too much as you will see what I mean in the next step. Here is a screen shot of what the layers might look like:

A clipping mask is marked as having a downward arrow beside the layer, in this case Layer 4. Whatever we paint on Layer 4 will assume the shape/text layer underneath it (Cara Mia Addio).

Step 5: Apply Gradient

Select the Gradient Tool with the color #317a76. Also, change the type of gradient to Reflected Gradient. This is found at the top left corner of the screen (for CS3) as shown in the image below:

Make sure that it is set to Foreground to Transparent. This is set at the drop down box as shown above. Select the clipping mask that you created in the last step and drag the gradient just about the center of the text as shown below:

The trick is to start clicking at the center and drag the mouse below while holding the Shift key to keep the gradient straight. Of course, this is just how I chose to add gradient to my text but you can try other styles of your own too.

You are now done! I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Another thing – what’s great about this text effect is it looks good both in light and dark backgrounds: