How To Create A Fake Letterpress Print in Photoshop

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letterpress-in-photoshop-print2

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.

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letterpress-in-photoshop-step6

Step 2:  Next you'll add your text or design.  Set the layer's opacity to 90%.  

I love this Veneer font because of the letterpress look it already has.  A few other free letterpress fonts are: Gist Rough, American Brewery Rough, Geared, Wisdom Script, & League Gothic.  

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letterpress-in-photoshop-step5

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.

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letterpress-in-photoshop-step2a

Step 4: Click the "Add Vector Mask" button on the bottom of the layer's window.

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letterpress-in-photoshop-step4

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.

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letterpress-in-photoshop-step3

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.

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letterpress-in-photoshop-step2
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letterpress-in-photoshop-step1

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!

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letterpress-in-photoshop-print

Isn't Photoshop great?!  I swear I learn something new using it every week.