TTTT: Emboss Your Paper

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TTTT: Emboss Your Paper

Postby Tiff » Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:44 pm

In this tutorial I will show you how to emboss a pattern into your paper.

I'm working in PSE7, and I'm starting with a green cardstock paper from Life365 Funky Basics Cardstock and a bracket from Flowers, Wings & Growing Things. My goal is to create an embossed pattern in the paper in the shape of the bracket.

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In a nutshell, this is how you do it, although there may be other ways as well - this is just how I've figured it out:

1. The shape that you want to emboss must be completely white.
2. Apply a bevel to the edge of your shape.
3. Set the shape's blending mode to Multiply.
4. Tinker with the bevel parameters to get the effect you like.
That's it! I don't do these kind of things unless they are simple!

Now I'll step you through it.

We need to make the bracket all white. There are probably many ways to do this; I'll give you the way I usually do it. Go to the menu bar across the top and choose:

Layer -> New Fill Layer -> Solid Color (check Group with Previous Layer) and select White from the color picker window.

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You can merge the white layer down onto the bracket by right-clicking over the Color Fill icon in the Layers Palette and choosing Merge Down (this is optional).

Now, apply a Simple Inner Bevel (accessed through the Effects Palette with Layer Styles selected). And then set the blending mode to Multiply. (If you didn't merge down the white layer, make sure you're doing this to the bracket layer - not the white fill layer.)

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Now, this default bevel is a little severe, so I found you can soften it fairly nicely by bringing the opacity of the layer down to about 70% and bring the size of the bevel down to 9 (right click over the "fx" in the layers palette).

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In Photoshop CS4 I have a lot more control over the look of the bevel, but I think these settings in PSE do a pretty good job. But if you have a higher version, here are the settings I use in my own layouts (this Photoshop/PSE layer style was given as a freebie on the blog April 14-16, 2010):

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Here's the comparison:

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Isn't that a pretty simple trick? I love simple tricks.

Here is the layout that I made using the steps in this tutorial:

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I hope you found this tutorial to be understandable and useful, or at least informative. Have fun playing around with your software, and if you use these techniques, please be sure to upload your layouts to the W&W gallery (and post them in this tread too if you wish) so we all can "oooooh and aaaaaaw" over them!
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Postby tam65 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:46 am

Great tutorial. Is it available in a downloadable format?

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Postby sbaird » Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:09 am

Great Tutorial!!!! :clap
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Postby nursepaula06 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:14 am

Awesome! Thanks again, Tiff for this little treat! :D
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Postby Jazzy » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:46 am

fab! :clap
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Postby Tiff » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:53 am

tam65 wrote:Great tutorial. Is it available in a downloadable format?

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No, but I can give it a try. Would a pdf be ok?
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Postby annscraps » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:34 pm

Great job on the tutorial! I'm sure there are lots of PSE users out there that will LOVE this :clap
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Postby tam65 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:48 pm

Tiff wrote:
tam65 wrote:Great tutorial. Is it available in a downloadable format?

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No, but I can give it a try. Would a pdf be ok?


Yes thank you. Dont worry if you cant though.

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Postby Darline » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:32 pm

Great Tutorial!!!
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Postby lgameau » Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:33 am

Great tutorial Tiff! Thanks! :thanks
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