3D Text and Objects 
coming out of the background.

Create a background with texture. Here is one of my favorite ways.

  1. Fill the area with a range of that color with the Clouds Filter.
    1. Set your foreground color to a light color of your choosing.
    2. Set the background color to a dark hue of that some color.
    3. Apply the Clouds Filter: Filter--Render--Clouds.
  2. For a background with a lot of deep texture, choose the Craquelure Filter: Filter--Texture--Craquelure.
  3. For a background with a grainy, rough, or rough paper look, choose the Texturizer: Filter--Texture--Texturizer. Adjust the settings as needed.


Create a background.

Type the text and make it 3D.

  1. Type the text you want using the text tool. Use a thick lettered font such as Copper Black. This should automatically create a new layer with the text in it.
  2. Set the font color to White.
  3. Bevel and Emboss the text: Layers--Effects--Bevel and Emboss. Adjust settings as necessary. 
  4. With white text, it will not bevel correctly because you cannot see the highlights. This is OK.
  5. If you are using a thin font, try an outer bevel instead of an inner bevel.


Add white text.

Bevel the white text.

Make the text come out of the background/object.

  1. Turn the mode of the Text layer to Multiply. This should make the text appear as if it were coming out of the background.
  2. Drop a shadow on the text layer to make the shadow a bit stronger if needed: Layer--Effects--Drop shadow. Make sure to drop the shadow in the correct direction with the Bevel and Emboss.
  3. As you move the text around, it should follow the contours of the objects behind it.


Change the mode of the text layer to multiply.

Finished product.

Make an Image come out of the background.

These same ideas can be used to make any object appear as if it were being carved out of an object.

  1. Create a background.
  2. Choose object to come out of the background. Have them each in separate layers. 
  3. Create a new layer. 
  4. Fill the object selection area in the new layer with white. Hide the original image layer. 
  5. Bevel and Emboss this new white image layer.
  6. Turn the Mode of the white image layer to Multiply. Drop a shadow if necessary.


1. Create a background

2. Add an image.

3. & 4. Select only the part of the image you want. Create a new layer. Fill the selection with white in the new layer. Hide the original image layer.

5. Bevel and emboss the white layer. For this image I used an outer bevel.

6. Turn the white image layer's mode to Multiply.

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