How to Create a Leather Emboss in Photoshop

Written by brian richards
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Photoshop, Adobe's photo manipulation and graphics design computer software application, includes a number of filters and textures you can use to digitally create an image that appears like a leather surface with an embossed design. This process can be used to create mock-ups of leather products, logos for leather companies or simple designs with visual appeal. The technique requires no special Photoshop experience or artistic skill, and you can achieve a leather emboss look just by setting a few options within the application.

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  • Adobe Photoshop

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    Create a new file in Photoshop by opening the "File" menu and selecting "New." Enter dimensions that match the final size of the effect you want. Choose a dark brown colour as your background.

  2. 2

    Open the Filter menu and choose "Texture" and then "Texturizer." Apply a "Canvas" texture with a Scaling value of 100 per cent and a Relief value of 5. Click "OK."

  3. 3

    Return to the Filter menu and choose "Artistic" and then "Palette Knife." Set Stroke Size to 9, Stroke Detail to 3 and Softness to 5.

  4. 4

    Blur the image by accessing the "Filter" menu and choosing "Blur" then "Gaussian Blur." Set the Radius to four pixels. Click "OK" to finalise your leather texture.

  5. 5

    Create a new layer by clicking the "Create a new layer" button in the Layers pane. Set the Blend Mode of this layer to "Overlay."

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    Enter the design or text on the new layer that you want to be embossed. The colour of the design or text should be a dark grey if you are attempting to create a pressed-in emboss effect. Otherwise, choose a colour of the emboss effect.

  7. 7

    Double-click the layer in the Layers pane to open the Layer Options dialogue box. Click on "Bevel and Emboss" and choose "Inner Bevel" as the style, "Smooth" as the technique, 150 per cent as the depth and the direction as "Down."

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    Click the "Inner Shadows" option in the Layer Options dialogue box. Choose a Distance and Size that matches best with your image. If you are using a large design, a distance and size of approximately 25 pixels will be appropriate. Smaller designs such as narrow text may need distance and size of three pixels. Click "OK."

  9. 9

    Click the "Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer" in the Layers pane and choose "Hue/Saturation." Slide the Hue slider left or right to change the colour of your leather until you find a colour that you like. Click "OK."

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