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Create A Wood Engraving From Any Vector Logo

by | Apr 15, 2015 | Photoshop, Tutorials | 1 comment

Create A Wood Engraving

It’s always cool to create something eye-catching and unique for your business. Anyone could throw their logo over an image and slap it on their website or social media. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create a wood engraving effect from any vector logo. Keep in mind that this engraving effect could be applied to any surface, such as concrete, metal, stone, rock, brick, drywall, and more.

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We’ll start off by finding the right material to engrave our logo into. If you would like to follow along, you can pick up the Timber Boards Texture I am using here. It’s a really bold texture, so it’ll really grab people’s attention.

Next, grab a vector graphics file from Illustrator, which is what your logo should be made from. I’m pulling in mine, which you can see above. It is black, but it doesn’t really matter what color it is. Your logo can be any color, and you’ll see why in the next step.

In the Layers Panel, reduce the fill opacity to 0%. Your logo will disappear, but that’s only temporary.


Next, double-click the logo layer to bring up the Layer Styles Menu. Choose Bevel and Emboss. We will change the settings to the ones shown in the screenshot. Choose Inner Bevel and chisel hard. Set the direct to down, so that the logo looks like it is engraved in the wood. Set the size to 8px. Change the gloss contour to concave deep. Hit ok, and you’re nearly done.


If you notice, the effect is much too light. We need to make the engraving more prominent. Simply duplicate the logo layer twice, and the effect is multiplied, giving you a realistic engraved look. You can see the finished result below.


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