Photoshop tutorial: Text carved on stone effect
In this adobe photoshop tutorial we will create a carved effect on stone or metallic surface. This effect is great for displaying quotes or messages, also images carved on walls.
We will be using free fonts available on www.actionfonts.com for our tutorial, and you can find a good variety of free and creative fonts there.
Step 1: Create new file.
Create a new file with the following specifications.
Step 2: Create fill background.
Create a new background to resemble a stone wall or download an image of a stone wall on which we can apply the effect. Go up to Edit->Fill->Pattern and click on Custom pattern and the Gear icon on the top right of the panel. Now select Rock Patterns and select Append in the next dialogue box. This way we have added rock patterns to our existing list of textures. Select a texture of your choice.
Step 3: Colour correction (optional)
We have reduced the brightness and increased the contrast of the selected texture to create a more realistic looking texture, by going up to Image->Adjustments->Brightness and contrast and applying the following settings.
Step 4: Create text layer.
We have used a free font from the actionfonts website, which can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.actionfonts.com/details/Cantjudgeabookbyitscover
Step 5: Apply layer style
We will now apply layer style to the text layer by selecting the layer and then double-clicking on it. In layer style select Inner Shadow and apply the following Blend mode, opacity, angle, distance, choke and size parameters.
We now have the text with the carved effect, however we will add some atmosphere for it.
Step 6: Styling the background.
Select the background layer, and go up to Filter->Lens Correction and tweak the Vignette parameters to the following settings.
Step 7: Colour overlay.
Select the background layer, Double-click on it to open the layer styles dialogue box, and select Colour Overlay from the list. Keep the colour as it is, as we need to tweak the blend mode and opacity to the following settings.
Step 8: Duplicate text layer.
We will now create a water stained effect on the text layer by selecting it, duplicating it by right-click and Duplicate Layer. Then right-click again and select Clear Layer Style, to clear all shadow parameters.
Now go up to Filter->Blur->Motion Blur and apply the following parameters, with a 90 degree blur.
Now change the order of the layers as we need to place the new layer with blur, underneath the original text layer. And change the blend mode and fill levels. Also select the layer and press the down key to move the layer downwards till about half of the original text.
We are done! This should be the final image with the carving effect and the background.
You can try alternative backgrounds, and also try adding quotes on plaques with the same technique. Try adding a light source by using a render light and adjusting the inner-shadow parameters accordingly to create an ultra realistic effect.