Embossing in Photoshop
Posted on 1998-01-24
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.