Create a Letterpress Text Effect in Fireworks

















Today, in this Adobe Fireworks tutorial we will practice how to create a letterpress effect. This is very detailed tutorial, so if you have a beginning level knowledge in Adobe Fireworks you can follow the simple techniques used in this tutorial you will have no problem creating a beautiful and professional effect in the future.

Letterpress Text Effect in Adobe Fireworks

Final Preview

Here’s a preview image of what we’ll be creating together.

Step 1 (Create a New Document)

Create new document 500pixels x 3500pixels 72dpi Canvas color White

Step 2 (Rectangle Tool for Background)

Select Rectangle tool (Fireworks Shortcut Key U) to draw a rectangle vector for Background with Color #BBBBBB

Step 3 (Draw a Rectangle Container)

Draw a rectangle with the Rectangle tool (U) size to 500px x 350px create a Texture of your choosing. I create (Wood) texture with Amount of Texture (16%). Rather than using a shade of the background color with Gradient fill.

And fill it with a color #BBBBBB (Grey).

You should have something like this:

Step 4 (Type Text)

Type out some text with the Text tool (T) and chose a font. I am using the awesome ChunkFive font.

And fill it with a color #939393 (Dark Grey). take off any stroke.

Step 5 (Inner Shadow Effect)

Select a text and go in the Properties panel Filler box, next go Shadow and Glow > Inner Shadow.

In the Inner Shadow dialog, change the properties as appear in the example picture below. I am use Distance 1, Opacity 90%, Softness 1, and Angle 270.

Then change the Inner Shadow color to #555555

Step 6 (Drop Shadow Effect)

After Inner Shadow Effect use the same process for drop shadow, in the Properties panel Filler box, select the Shadow and Glow > Drop Shadow.

In the Drop Shadow dialog, change the properties as appear in the example picture below. I am use Distance 1, Opacity 90%, Softness 1, and Angle 270.

Next, change the drop shadow color to #FFFFFF

Final Result (Letterpress Effect)

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2 Comments

  1. This is a clean and straight to the point technique,Thank you.

  2. Thanks, I’ve been using fireworks more & less
    of photoshop for mockups lately and I
    Also looking for a tutorial about this technique but
    couldn’t remember what it was called

    To me- this has a nice & time less look about it.
    I hope this technique has a longer shelf
    life than the web2.0 shinny plastic did…

    – Thanks

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