Letterpress Text Effect Using Photoshop and CSS

Posted by on March 13th in Tutorials.


Letterpress effect looks good in modern websites, letterpress effect can be gain using Photoshop and also using text-shadow property of CSS. So here today we will learn how to achieve Letterpress effect with photoshop and also with Css and in the end of this tutorials we have also collected some tutorials on Letterpress around design community.

LetterPress effect Using Photoshop

So today we are going to learn how to get letterpress effect using photoshop, i know this tutorial has been posted couple of times over other blogs of design community but one of our loyal reader asked me to teach letterpress with photoshop and css so we decided to post this tutorial.

Step 1 : Open New Document

Open new document in photoshop with size 535 x 250.

letterpress photoshop

Step 2 : Background

Now unlock background layer, create new layer over background layer then select rectangular marques tool and select whole area. Now Select Paint bucket tool with foreground color #fff7f7 and then give noise of 1px to it.

letterpress photoshop

Step 3 : Layer style for Text

Now write some text on layer, Here we wrote AcrisDesign.

letterpress photoshop

Now we will add some Drop shadow and inner shadow to text. To do this double click on text layer and apply below settings.

letterpress photoshop

letterpress photoshop

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letterpress photoshop

Final OutPut

letterpress photoshop

LetterPress Effect Using CSS

Now the same effect we can achieve using CSS text shadow property.
First of all we need to write HTML document, check this below Code.

<div id="letterpress">

Now after done with HTML we have to write some CSS to style it. To get our letterpress effect will use textshadow, textshadow css property deals with x-offset, y-offset, shadow blur and the actual colour of the shadow.
Note : Font color must be darker than background color, and shadow color must be lighter than font color.

body {
#letterpress {
#letterpress h1 {
	font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
	color: #504f4f;
	text-shadow: 0px 2px 1px #bbbaba;
#letterpress h1:hover {
	color: #666;
	text-shadow: 0px 2px 1px #333;

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Some Usefull Tutorials On Letterpress

How to Create Inset Typography in Photoshop

Create a Letterpress Effect with CSS Text-Shadow

Creating Editable Letterpress Styled Text

Create a Sleek Pressed Letter Design

Grooveshark design style in Fireworks

Ps Letterpress emboss text effect

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Vikas ghodke, 25 Male from india, now working as freelance web designer. You can follow him on twitter @acrisdesign


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    0 1px 0px #fff, 0 -1px 0px #000

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