Create A Simple Letter Press Effect in Photoshop

Letter Press

Letter Press typography is very popular at the moment in both web and graphic design. Here's a little step-by-step tutorial that will make you master the letter press effect for sure.

Step One: Create A Document

First things first, create a new document with a 800 X 600 pixels in size and make sure it's set to transparent background.
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Step Two: The Background

For the background, I will be using a very regular and simple gray color #7f7f7f, you can just use the Paint Bucket tool (G) and fill your layer out.
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LetterPress

Step Three: Adding Text

Now using the Text Tool, type something! I am using a font that you can download for free called Honey Script, with the color #414141, and the size is 200 pt.
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Click on the little icon that looks like multiple tabs for more options.
Then match your settings to mine.
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LetterPress
LetterPress

Step Four: Drop Shadow

On your text layer, right click and select "Blending Options", then go to "Text Shadow". Match your setting to mine.
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The reason I want the drop shadow to be white is because my background is dark, if you want a light background, you can keep the default drop shadow settings but maybe change the size, distance and opacity (shown above).

Step Five: Inner Shadow

Now select "Inner Shadow", and match your settings to mine.
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This setting should work fine with both light and dark backgrounds.
So, we are now done with the text.
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Step Six: Add A Little Something

Now let's add some effects to our poster. On your color panel, make the foreground color #686868 and your background color #7f7f7f.
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Now go to your background layer, and then go to Filter > Render > Clouds.
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LetterPress

Step Seven: Some Color Would Look Nice

Make a new layer and place it between the background and the text layers. Now fill it with a gradient of a foreground #d71069 and the background #c61061. And make a line from the middle of the poster to the bottom left.
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LetterPress
Set the layer to Overlay.
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Step Five: Merge Everything, And You're Done!

Merge all visible layers by right clicking and choosing Merge All Visible.
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That's all folks! Here's how my final image looks like. (Click on the preview to see it in full size)
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