How to Emboss a Picture in PhotoShop

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Embossing a picture in Photoshop gives the image a 3D effect as if it were carved in relief. Photoshop offers many options to change the angle, height and amount of the embossing for limitless effects. You may choose to work with colour or black-and-white photographs. Images should present some texture, but too much background noise and texture may overwhelm the image once it has been embossed.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Photoshop and select the photo you wish to emboss.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Filter" option on the toolbar at the top of the screen. A drop-down box will appear.

  3. 3

    Select "Stylize" and then "Emboss."

  4. 4

    Change the "Angle," "Height" or "Amount" until you achieve the desired effect.

  5. 5

    Save your image.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with multiple Filter options and tools to change image colours and add layered effects.

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