Embossed Shapes

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JenWhiteTOTW_shadowA large solid shape on a scrapbook page can bring peace to an otherwise cluttered arrangement.

But it's hard to be satisfied with 'large' and 'solid' when I've already got clutter on the brain.

The other day, however, I saw the perfect solution to my dilemma.

Adding embossed text to the shape keeps the peace while satisfying the need for clutter!

Follow along with me, I promise you won't be disappointed!

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Step 1: New Document

Open (File > New > Blank File) a 5x5 inch document with a transparent background.

Step 2: Custom Shape Tool

  • Get the Custom Shape tool. It is nested with the Rectangle tool.
  • In the Options Bar, choose the 'Create New Shape Layer' icon. Style should be 'None.'
  • Open the Custom Shape picker and choose a shape. I chose Arrow 12. If you do not see Arrow 12, click on the fly out menu in the Shape Picker and choose 'All Elements Shapes.'
  • Click on your document and drag out the shape so that it mostly fills the document.
    • To maintain the ratio, hold down the Shift key while dragging.
    • To reposition, hold down the Space Bar while dragging.

Step 3: Clipping Mask

  • Open (File > Open) a background paper and drag it onto your scrapbook page. I chose Paper 4 from the kit Christmas Past by ScrapKitchen Designs.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask.

Step 4: Type Tool

  • Get the Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, set the type to Times New Roman and the font size to 18 pt.
  • On your document, click in the upper left corner and drag out a text box to the lower right corner. Make sure your text box is outside the boundaries of your shape.
  • Begin typing anything you want. The actual text doesn’t really matter. The main thing is that you have enough text to fill the entire text box. I copied some text from the web. If you’d like to do that,
    • Highlight some text within your browser.
    • Choose Edit > Copy from your browser’s Menu Bar.
    • Back in Photoshop, choose Edit > Paste from the Menu Bar.

Step 5: Layer Via Copy

  • Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) on the thumbnail of the text layer.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the paper layer by clicking on it.
  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to create a New Layer Via Copy.
  • In the Layers panel, drag the text layer to the Trash. The duplicated layer should now be on top and active.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask. The text should have completely disappeared.

Step 6: Effects

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Layer Style > Style Settings.
  • Choose Bevel and move the size slider to achieve a look that you like. I chose a size of 1.
  • Click OK.

Step 7: Save and Merge

  • Save (File > Save As) your new creation as a PNG file. Saving it with this extension will ensure that your transparent pixels remain transparent.
  • Press Shift Ctrl Alt E (Mac: Shift Cmd Opt E) to create a merged layer in the Layers panel.
  • Drag the merged layer onto your scrapbook page.

I’ve finished my scrapbook page that features this tip…check it out below. I hope you’ll do the same and share it with me and the rest of the gang in the Tip of the Week Gallery at Digital Scrapper. Have a great week!

Credits:
Tip of the Week: Embossed Shapes, by Jen White
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0
Photo: by Jen White
Featured kit: “Christmas Past” by ScrapKitchen Designs. This kit was available to Digital Scrapper Premier members in the month of November, 2010. Many past Premier kits are now available in our store.

Download a PDF version of this "Embossed Shapes" tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Step 1: New Document

Open (File > New) a 5x5 inch document with a transparent background.

Step 2: Custom Shape Tool

  • Get the Custom Shape tool. It is nested with the Rectangle tool.
  • In the Options Bar, choose the 'Shape Layers' icon and the 'Create New Shape Layer' icon. Style should be 'None.'
  • Open the Custom Shape picker and choose a shape. I chose Arrow 12. If you do not see Arrow 12, click on the fly out menu in the Shape Picker and choose 'All.'
  • Click on your document and drag out the shape so that it mostly fills the document.
    • To maintain the ratio, hold down the Shift key while dragging.
    • To reposition, hold down the Space Bar while dragging.

Step 3: Clipping Mask

  • Open (File > Open) a background paper and drag it onto your scrapbook page. I chose Paper 4 from the kit Christmas Past by ScrapKitchen Designs.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask.

Step 4: Type Tool

  • Get the Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, set the type to Times New Roman and the font size to 18 pt.
  • On your document, click in the upper left corner and drag out a text box to the lower right corner. Make sure your text box is outside the boundaries of your shape.
  • Begin typing anything you want. The actual text doesn’t really matter. The main thing is that you have enough text to fill the entire text box. I copied some text from the web. If you’d like to do that,
    • Highlight some text within your browser.
    • Choose Edit > Copy from your browser’s Menu Bar.
    • Back in Photoshop, choose Edit > Paste from the Menu Bar.

Step 5: Layer Via Copy

  • Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) on the thumbnail of the text layer.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the paper layer by clicking on it.
  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to create a New Layer Via Copy.
  • In the Layers panel, drag the text layer to the Trash. The duplicated layer should now be on top and active.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask.

Step 6: Effects

  • Click on the fx icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.
  • Choose Bevel and Emboss.
  • Change these settings - Style: Emboss, Technique: Smooth, Size: 0.
    Feel free to experiment here to achieve a look that you like.
  • Click OK when you are satisfied with the changes.

Step 7: Save and Merge

  • Save (File > Save As) your new creation as a PNG file. Saving it with this extension will ensure that your transparent pixels remain transparent.
  • Press Shift Ctrl Alt E (Mac: Shift Cmd Opt E) to create a merged layer in the Layers panel.
  • Drag the merged layer onto your scrapbook page.

I’ve finished my scrapbook page that features this tip…check it out below. I hope you’ll do the same and share it with me and the rest of the gang in the Tip of the Week Gallery at Digital Scrapper. Have a great week!

Credits:
Tip of the Week: Embossed Shapes, by Jen White
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Photo: by Jen White
Featured kit: “Christmas Past” by ScrapKitchen Designs. This kit is available to Digital Scrapper Premier members in the month of November, 2010. Many past Premier kits are now available in our store.

Download a PDF version of this "Embossed Shapes" tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.