How to Create a Letterpress Effect, the Easy Way

LetterpressMany people are adopting a new design trend where the letters are seemingly pressed into the background, better known as a letterpress effect. In this short tutorial, I’ll show you a quick, easy, and non-destructive way to achieve this effect. I’ll be using Photoshop here, but you may be able to adapt the techniques for use in any other image manipulator once you understand the two things that are required for a letterpress effect.

There are a few ways of doing this, but this way is by far my favourite because it’s so easy to modify the effect later on if needed.

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Designing Cloudy

2009-06-16_0516I challenged myself to design a basic site in an hour or less while taking a screenshot every 10 seconds. At what ended up being 1 hour and 9 minutes, I missed my mark –  but only by a little bit. Overall, the end result is decent, but nothing spectacular. Given more time I would have probably refined the header section a bit more and spiced up the welcome area. Keeping in mind the time constraints, the simplicity and barrenness can be over looked, in my opinion. Look for the full size image after the jump.

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Yet ANOTHER Site Re-Design

    I know, I’ve already completely re-vamped the site this week, but I was really hating thatHeader black and gray theme I had going on, so I came up with a new one. Some things still don’t fit (the navigation buttons and the links at the bottom of the page for example), but I’ll change those down the road… I’ll promise you this time that this design will last at least a week this time…

I Love Duals

Yea, I love my dual monitors… If you have the ability to hook up another monitor to your computer, I suggest you do… It was only recently that I got around to hooking another 15 inch LCD up to my laptop, making 30 inches of available screen real estate. This makes it really easy to multi task.. For instance, right now I’m writing this on one screen, while watching the movie Alive, on my other screen. Alive is a good movie btw…

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How to make an Animated Icon

Author’s Note: Please be aware that this is a very old post and is no longer very accurate. YouTube has since disabled animated .gifs and Entering in the Dimensions in Photoshopmost of these programs and techniques are out of date. This is being left up because it may serve as useful to some. Enjoy.

Hey, if you have any questions, you should probably ask them here. There’s a better chance that they’ll be read and answered. Same thing with comments. There is no written tutorial. However, there is a video walkthrough after the break.

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