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How to achieve a metal engraving effect in Adobe Photoshop CS6?


Question

I want to make more realistic looking rotary engraved design mockups on a copper surface for clients but can't seem to get it quite right. I might need a new approach and could definitely use some perspective.

Details: I produce mockups/new designs within my engraving software, and export them as a PDF which can then be placed within photoshop over an image of the copper item I'm going to engrave. While it gives a good representation of what the design looks like, it doesn't convey what it will look like when finally engraved onto the material.

Basically, I'm trying to get the design on the second image, looking far more like the design in the first image.

Any help would be much appreciated! Example images are below showing, A photo of a finished engraving, the image I use in photoshop:

Line art to be used within photoshop

The blank item

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1/14/2016 10:02:00 PM

Accepted Answer

You are pretty close with the bevel options but there are a couple of things I would change

The main difference is using an Inner Bevel and changing the highlight color. I went with a more subtle highlight color that is not as jarring. I also changed the shadow to a dark brown as that would most likely be around the color.

bevel options

I think you can get better results but this is working with a jpg image instead of a vector file.

Result

Etching Result

2016/01/14
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1/14/2016 10:47:00 PM