Creating Letterpress Text in DrawPlus

Creating Letterpress Effect

Letterpress is the name given to typography that looks as though it’s stamped or embossed in to its surroundings. It’ s popular in both print and web design and works well in headings and titles.

In this tutorial we will be creating our own striking title using gradient fills and Filter Effects.

Open DrawPlus and draw a rectangle, select the fill tool and then click the drop down and select Fill Style ‘Eclipse’

Expand the size of the radial fill path then click and hold on the centre node to position it in the corner. Whilst the centre node is selected give it your choice of colour fill from the swatches. Next, select the outer radial node and give it a slightly lighter shade than that of the centre node.

Add your text using the Artistic Text Tool and size to your liking.

With the text selected >Right Click > Filter Effects… > check the Drop Shadow box > Set the colour to white, or a colour lighter than the background and set the Angle to 90 degrees. Adjust the distance and blur to produce a fine highlighted line along the bottom of the text. Reducing the opacity of the shadow can prevent the line looking to harsh in comparison with the background.

Select the Inner Shadow and again adjust the colour, blur, distance and angle to give the impression a shadow is cast inside the text as if it is embossed.

You should have something that looks like this!

This is a very simple effect to achieve which can make text stand out well against its background. Play with different backgrounds to see what you can come up with.


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About the author
Neil Judges enjoys creating, experimenting and sharing new techniques he discovers. Neil especially loves Serif Software and is on a mission to spread the word of this highly capable and inexpensive design suite. As well as this website he also runs Serif Addons and Serif Templates.

10 Replies to Creating Letterpress Text in DrawPlus

  1. Kevin Esther says:

    Hi Neil. Excellent tut easy to follow. This technique is being used on alot of sites . I also like to write tuts give us a shout if you are taking guest tutorials. When the next drawplus tut? May be seamless patterns or creating icons.

    • Neil says:

      Hi Kevin, I will definitely be taking on guest tutorial writers in the future so I’ll give you a shout when I need you, the more the merrier.

      I’ve got a long list of tutorials I want to get of my chest – icons and seamless patterns are just a few of them… Thanks!

  2. cazcarrot says:

    Hi Neil, I love this tutorial. Great use of the drop shadow. I’d never thought to use it as a “highlight” before. Makes a really neat finish and so easy to do! Caz

    • Neil says:

      I know! Who would have thought, a dropshadow for highlighting… I’m guilty of using it all the time now :) Thanks for commenting.

  3. elderflower says:

    hi neil, I really like this type of tutorial, videos can be hard to hear, to slow or too fast …
    I have only just found them. Beautifully easy to follow, clean and clear, and I will keep looking out for the next gem to arrive.

    • Neil says:

      Thanks Elderflower, I’m new to writing this type of tutorial so it’s great to get such positive feedback… Thank you! :)

  4. Joni Solis says:

    Thanks for this very well done tutorial on DrawPlus — my favorite program! I am looking forward to seeing the tutorial you will do on seamless patterns. Hope you add that one soon,

  5. Bob Taylor says:

    Very good tutorial, Neil. Easy to follow, with impressive results! Thanks a lot, much appreciated.
    Very much looking forward to a tutorial on seamless patterns.

  6. took me a little while to grasp this as I’m a complete novice but got there in the end, love the effect have kept the formula now!
    would love to know what the font is as could not find it , felt this effect worked better on a broad font.
    Thanks so much for sharing am off to look at your other additions now

  7. Neil,

    Great tut. Love the effect. Keep ‘em coming, Buddy!

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