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Embossing in Photoshop

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This is a tricky one. I'm looking for a way to give a photo an 'embossed' look, i.e., like it has been stamped with one of those hand-held embossing doohickies. I have the text I want to display in the embossed area, and I know where I want it to go.

My trouble is this: in the Windows 95 version of Photoshop LE (which came with PageMaker), the Embossing function doesn't work the way I thought it would.  Instead of mapping the photograph to the contours of the text, it maps the contours of the photograph itself--so when I place my selection (which is in the shape of my text) on the photo, instead of making a text-shaped raised area that otherwise is still the photograph, it turns that area gray with areas where the photo image is the contour in the gray area. Not what I'm looking for, and ugly to boot.

Is there a way to do what I'm thinking of? Is it possible in PhotoShop LE, or do I need to get the full version?

I've already graded this question as Hard, but if I get a really, really good answer, I'll even up the points from there.
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EbenBrooks...

It's very simple I can teach you how to do embossing without any filter or any of these time of things...

Post your e-mail.
Or if you want to share it here with others, I don't mind
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Eben...

Or send me the file and I will do it for you, it will take me not long to do it, and I could leave them in layers you could learn how to do it in the future.

e-mail: gen2000@iname.com
Please mention your user name, cause I loose track!
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I certainly don't mind others knowing the solution.

The problem is, I can't find the "layers" option in Photoshop LE. Can you tell me where it is?

--EbenBrooks
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Eben...

I don't use Photoshop LE, we use the FULL version
So I would do it with your help, here being my eyes there.

1) Once in photoshop, you should have tool bars floating somewhere, if not continue reading
2) Click on the upper menu on WINDOW, then you would see the HIDE or SHOW option, next to every task
3) Select SHOW layers.
4) A small window will appear floating somewhere.
5) You could show anything from these little task
6) You could even GROUP them in one window if you want.

I will leave with this exercice for now, then we move to the emboss.

Could you also chech if in your version you have this:

1) Create any new document, let's say a 2"X 2" page RGB
2) Click on Filter from the menu
3) Select Stylize
4) Select Emboss

BUT watch it that filter needs somework here to produce the effect you want.

I always do it manually to have more control on what I want.

Keep me posted
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Well, if Layers is supposed to be in the Windows menu, then Photoshop LE doesn't have it. Maybe that's why it's LE. Grrr.

Oh, well. Looks like I have to bite the bullet and buy the full version. Thanks for the help.

--Eben
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You're welcome.
Take care!
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