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CREATING RECESSED TEXT
written for Painter 6 and 7
(translations in parentheses for Painter 5 and 5.5)

written by Jinny Brown
© 1994 - 2002
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RECESSED TEXT VERSION 1
This is the result of my first attempt to create text "carved" into a stone surface. It's not what I was hoping for and, in fact, looks like a thin surface layer of "stone" with another layer of cracked wheat bread dough (with molasses) below/behind it about 1/32". 

Back in October, 2000, several of us on the PainterWorld list worked on creating engraved or carved text and even using Painter's Bevel World plugin didn't quite give us what we were after. 

I think my drop shadow is too wide in the example above but even in the next example, where the drop shadow is less wide, the text still doesn't look cut out of the surface. It looks more like the surface and recessed text were created in a mold. (Some of this is no doubt optical illusion which tends to make things confusing, especially after you've been staring at it for a couple of hours!)

In any case, there are tutorials for recessed and engraved text on the following two pages. See if you can find the solution and make your text really look like it was carved or etched into stone, wood, or metal. Think of a real-life chisel and maybe go take a look at some gravestones. .... 

.. it's almost Halloween.... why not?

Jinny Brown, October 24, 2000
last modified October 13, 2002

All screen prints on PixelAlley pages are used with permission from Corel Corporation.

© 1994 - 2002, Jinny Brown
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