Letterpress In Photoshop - A Smart Effect

Jon Brommet, Graphic Designer

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6 Videos (20m)
    • Intro

      1:24
    • Overview And Textures Files

      2:53
    • The Letterpress Effect

      7:01
    • Adding Texture

      3:35
    • Other Examples

      3:30
    • Outro

      1:35

About This Class

Letterpress is a printing technique created by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid 15th century. By using wood, metal, or linoleum, you can press a design into paper giving it an indentation and unrivalled quality.

This method is a specialty printing technique still used today. Often, still on a Gutenberg press. But, there is one problem, letterpress is EXPENSIVE! So, if you don't have hundreds, or thousands of dollars to get some custom letterpress prints made, this is the next best thing.

In this class I will show you how to easily re-create this effect with a couple blend modes in Photoshop. This effect is extremely easy and fast to make. I take this a step further by making it a smart effect. So you can easily swap out your design without having to re-create the effect every time. I will also show you how to use texture, and how to experiment with this effect.

This class is great for students of all skill levels. You do not need to be a designer, illustrator, etc as I will show you where to download images you can use, or you can simply use typography. If you are intermediate or advanced, you will likely already know how to use the effects this class covers, but you may pick up a few new ideas along the way. For example, how to get a texture to be more consistent in terms of lighting, to make it easier to edit and piece together.

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99 of 99 students recommendSee All

Super, super, super cool effect - thanks a lot for sharing this pearl, Jon :-)
Monika Zwiefelhofer

Passionate Graphic- & Webdesigner

Pretty straightforward and quite intuitive step-by-step instructions along with recommendations and advice. Nice one!
This class is easy to follow. The teacher talks with clarity and the instructions are clear. A basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop prior to this class would be very helpful.
Viki Karoli

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Jon Brommet

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Oh boy, these things are always awkward. Should I talk about myself in the third person like an accomplished wordsmith who compliments my every trait? Or should I just keep it real? Do people still say keep it real? Oh uh, I think I already fucked this thing all up. Great, now I even swore. Good thing no one reads these things. Wait, what?

I think you already know this by now, but I am a Graphic Designer and Illustrator. I graduated from a 3-year design college with honours in 2008. So I've been a full time designer since then. See what I did there? I didn't say I've been designing for 'X' amount of years, that way I never have to update this thing. Genius! 

I've been working full time since the day I graduated in a print, design, and sign shop in beautiful Bracebridge, Ontario. It's tagline is "In the Heart of Muskoka". Muskoka was actually rated the number 1 place in the world for a summer vacation by National Geographic. Or something like that. No one said I'd need to fact check in my own bio!

I actually live in Barrie which is about an hour North of Toronto. Bracebridge is about an hour North of Barrie. What is this, a geography lesson? Moving on...

The beauty of being the only designer in a small print shop is it doesn't satisfy my need for creativity. That may sound like a negative, but it forces me to go home with a hunger to create. For this reason I freelance, illustrate, and teach on the side! So you could say I'm fairly busy. At least when I'm not napping. I should probably delete that last sentence. But I've got to wrap this thing up and get back to the grind. So there's no time to delete!

So that's basically that. If you want to get a-hold of me I'm on basically every social media thingamajig @JonBrommet. You can also check out my website at the link below.

Congrats if you made it to the end of this train wreck! Also, see a doctor. You probably have one of those obsessive compulsive disorders where you need to finish things. Like reading a terrible bio.

Seriously though, check out my classes. You'll love them like your mother. Also, I promise not to try and be funny, I just keep it real! Seriously though, do people still say that?

- Jon Brommet

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