How to Make an Embossed Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Designing with an embossed effect is a great way to highlight your creativity. In this short tutorial, see how award-winning artist and illustrator Lidia Lukianova elevates her vector drawing using layer styles in Adobe Photoshop.


Lidia Lukianova is an artist and designer with a passion for illustration. Her primary approach is to use an iPad to create illustrations, lettering, and animation. 

Take a one-minute look at Lukianova’s technique in this video; steps are written out below.  

Before You Start

Lukianova provided these sample images for you to use, or you can practice with your own. 

Step 1: Work in Layers

Lukianova added a drawing of a tiger head as a new layer to a Photoshop document.

Step 2: Make It Transparent

In order to apply a layer style to her drawing, Lukianova set the Fill to 0 percent for the tiger layer.

Step 3: Add Some Style

The emboss effect is a layer style, so Lukianova clicked the fx icon in the Layers panel and chose Bevel & Emboss. You can also double-click a layer to open the Layer Style dialog.

Step 4: Perfect the Look

Lukianova experimented with the Bevel & Emboss settings until she was happy with the results. See the screenshot below for the adjustments she made.

Make It Stand Up and Stand Out

Add some three-dimensional flair to your designs.

Note: Project files included with this tutorial are for practice purposes only.