Embossed Background

Open a new image:

1200 x 200 pixels
Resolution: 72
Image characteristics: Raster Layer
Color depth: 16 million
Background: A light color.

First you will select a color for your font. The Color settings are
Stoke || Null
Fill || Your choice:


Select your text tool . Click on your new image. Set your text to:

Font: Wingdings2
Size: 72
Type in: e and f (lowercase)
Click: OK


Move the dings to the middle of the screen. Deselect by typing in Control + D. Save your image as a .psp file. (Save you image often so you don't have to start over if your computer crashes.) This is what my wingding fonts look like:

Now we will rotate the dings so they are vertical. Click: Image || Rotate || Rotate Clockwise 90. Make sure your dings are visible and not hanging off the screen. Drag them over to the left side. For now, they should look like this:

Save your image.

Now we want to put each dingbat on its own layer. Click on the "+" sign beside the 'Vector 1' layer in the Layer palette. A minus sign will appear once you open this layer and a list of what is on that layer will appear.

Next we want each wingding to be on its own layer. Right click on ef layer and select "Convert Text to Curves || As Character Shapes from the pop-up menu. If you click on the little plus sign that is now in front of the text layer you will see that each letter is on its own layer now. This opens up all kinds of possibilities.


Now we will move our dingbats into position. Click on the e layer. Notice that it selects the top wingding.

Position you cursor on the center circle and notice crosshairs appears. This will allow you to move the wingding on the canvas. Move the wingding down so it looks like the one I have below:

Click on the Vector 1 layer and center your image vertically on the page.

Go to: Layers || Merge || Merge Visible. Save your image.

Now we will add embossing to the image.
Select the magic want and select the wingding. Right click on the layer and select Promote Selection to Layer. Your wingding is now on its own layer. Click on the promoted layer and select Efects || 3-D Effects || Drop Shadow and set to the following settings:

Offset:
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: 1

Attributes:
Opacity: 100
Blur: 1
Color: White

Select: Efects >> 3-D Effects >> Drop Shadow and set to the following settings:

Offset:
Vertical: -1
Horizontal: -1

Attributes:
Opacity: 100
Blur: 1
Color: Black

Your finished image should look like the one below: