How Do I Make Text in Photoshop Look Sunken?

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You're working on an image of metal, wood or plastic and decide that you need to engrave text into the object, but the object doesn't already contain this engraving. This is a common problem many photographers and designers face when integrating text into the design. The text needs to appear sunken as if it were pressed into the background. You can accomplish this by adding a layer style to the text layer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Photoshop and create the background in which you want the text to appear sunken.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Text" tool. Change the text colour to a colour that will appear on the background. For example, if the background colour is a dark colour, set the text as a light grey or white.

  3. 3

    Right-click on the text layer and select "Blending Options."

  4. 4

    Click on "Inner Shadow." Make sure the "Preview" button is selected. Adjust the distance, choke and size to set how deep the text appears.

  5. 5

    Add an outer bevel to refine some of the edges if desired. Click on "Bevel and Emboss." Select "Outer Bevel" from the "Style" drop-down menu. Then, select "Chisel Hard" from the "Technique" drop-down menu. Adjust the depth and size as desired.

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