How to Carve Letters into a Stone Texture Image in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

In Adobe Photoshop CS6, you can use a type tool to create selections shaped like letters and then use images themselves as textures (like stone) for the type. A type selection can cut out any part of a picture for use any way you want.

Follow these steps to carve letters into a stone texture image:

  1. Open the stone texture image you want to use.

    Here we’re using a sandstone wall, but you can use other kinds of stone, wood, or any texture that interests you. Best of all, the embossed look that results is only one of many different looks you can achieve simply by making small changes in the layer style that you apply to the text.

  2. Select the Horizontal Type Mask tool from the Tools panel and then click the area where you want to enter your text.

  3. Select the font, font style, font size, and other text parameters from the drop-down lists on the Options bar.

  4. Enter the text you want to use onto the texture you’ve chosen. Then, click the Commit button (the check mark icon), or press Ctrl+Enter (Command+return on the Mac) on the Options bar to set your text.

    The selection in the shape of the text appears where you typed the text.

    [Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/LordRunar Image #5498150]

    Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/LordRunar Image #5498150
  5. Press Ctrl+C (Command+C on the Mac) to copy the selected area of your chosen texture (the brick in the shape of the text, and then press Ctrl+V (Command+V on the Mac) to paste a text-shaped section of that texture in a layer of its own.

    The text blends in with what’s in the background layer and is invisible (for now).

  6. Choose Layer→Layer Style→Bevel and Emboss to open the Layer Style dialog box.

    In the Layer Style dialog box, you can find dozens of different effects that you can create.

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  7. Experiment with the settings in the Layer Style dialog box to try out different looks and achieve various effects:

    • Select the kind of beveling or embossing you want from the Style and Technique drop-down lists in the Structure area.

      Here we selected Inner Bevel and Chisel Hard to produce a dramatic, hard-edged embossing effect.

    • Move the Depth slider to the right to increase the depth of the bevel.

      Here we set the value at 500% for a raised effect. A lower value produces a less 3-D effect, and a higher value produces a more drastic 3-D effect.

    • Select the Contour check box in the layer styles column on the left side of the dialog box for an even more pronounced 3-D look.

    • In the Shading area, you can adjust controls that allow you to change the apparent angle of the illumination that produces the bevel’s shadow.

      Here we moved the angle to 95 degrees (roughly straight overhead), but then left the other controls alone.

    You can find details about how to use the other options in the Layer Style dialog box.

  8. Click OK to apply the effects that you’ve chosen.

  9. (Optional) As a last touch, choose Image→Adjustments→Levels to darken the text layer so that it stands out even more distinctly from the background. Drag the midtones (gray triangle) and shadows (black triangle) adjustments to the right, while keeping an eye on your image.

    [Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/LordRunar Image #5498150]

    Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/LordRunar Image #5498150