How To Create A Fake Letterpress Print in Photoshop
When it came to decorating my workspace/office, I knew I wanted some simple artwork for the walls. Letterpress prints are totally trendy right now, but I couldn't find one I loved or was willing to shell out money for. Maybe in the future! So I settled for creating a fake letterpress print in Photoshop and printed it with my home printer. Fast & easy!
In case anyone else has this same desire, I created a tutorial.
Step 1: Create a new image in Photoshop. For my purposes, I choose the standard 8.5" x 11" and was careful to make sure my text fit inside an 8" x 10" for the frame I had chosen.
Step 3: Add a layer above your text. Fill it with white. Then, with the new layer selected, hold the CMD key(Mac)/ CNTRL key (PC) + click the "T" (where the arrow is pointing in the above image) to make a selection of the text/design.
Step 4: Click the "Add Vector Mask" button on the bottom of the layer's window.
Step 5: This step is important. Hold the CMD key (Mac)/ CTRL key (PC) + I, which will invert the image from white to black, as seen above. This creates a "cut-out" of the top layer and leaves the "pressed in" text/design visible below it.
Step 6: Now we'll add a Bevel & Emboss effect to the top layer. This will help create the appearance of the letters being pressed into the paper. I used the settings below, but feel free to play with the numbers to get the desired look.
Step 7: Lastly, I added an Inner Shadow effect to the layer with the text/design to further enhance the letterpress appearance. Again, the settings I used can be seen below, but adjust the settings to your liking.
Step 8: Print & hang on your wall for display!
Isn't Photoshop great?! I swear I learn something new using it every week.