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.