I love letterpress. It looks beautiful and it just feels good — I love to run my fingertips over the indented impressions set on thick, luxurious paper.
There are many letterpress-inspired tutorials out there, but the ones I’ve seen simply apply inner shadows to the text. But, inner shadows are just one component of a letterpress look — there’s also the indented, pillowed-look to the paper when it’s been “pressed”. I address this in the tutorial by applying the bevel/emboss layer style to the paper texture, in addition to a few other things.
If you want to follow along, please check out the credits at the end of this post to download the same resources I used. Also, if you have another method for accomplishing the letterpressed look, please share the wealth. :)
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If you like this letterpress tutorial, please stay tuned for my “embossed” stationery tutorial.
(screencast) vintage airmail envelope: fuzzimo
(screencast + post image) old book cover texture: fuzzimo
old sticky tape: fuzzimo
coffee stains: obsidian dawn
grunge brushes: we function
fonts: verner, prophecy, bm harry, pilgi