Create a Pressed Text Effect in Affinity Designer

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Summertime will arrive soon and it is always fun. One way to show how fun summer is is by creating “summertime” elements with the text that looks like it was pressed into a metal plate or paper. It may look complicated and elegant but it sure is very easy to create!

Maybe you've seen a lot of tutorials on doing the pressed text effect using Photoshop and other image editing programs, but if you are an Affinity Designer user, this is one great news, ‘cause we are doing this tutorial using Affinity Designer as our image editor. And here's another great news, if you don't have this editor yet, you can download it and avail their 30-day free trial. It is very simple to use - and even better: You don't have to pay for a subscription each month.

You can create this element for your next digital product. Create a digital scrapbooking kit or just learn this new skill to make a great wall art paper.

Now let's get started!

How to Create a Pressed Text Effect in Affinity Designer

Here is an overview of what you'll learn from the video. Just click on the links and you automatically go to that minute in the video. I show you step by step how to create this elegant pressed text effect using Affinity Designer. However, you can always of course customize your own pressed text effects.

1:36 Creating a New Document
1:59 Using the Snapping Design Aid
2:16​​​ Creating the Background
2:30 Creating the Gradient Background for the Text
2:58 Setting the First Colour of the Gradient Background
3:08 Setting the Second Colour of the Gradient Background
3:55 Creating and Setting the Text
4:40 Adding the Gradient Overlay to the Text
5:27 Setting the Inner Shadow of the Text
6:07 Setting the Outer Shadow of the Text
6:09 We're Done!

Creating a New Document

Open your Affinity Designer and start by creating a new document. Don't worry because it is really easy to use and self-explanatory.

Just like any other program, to create a new document, just click File > New.

Next is you choose which type of document you want to create. You can choose Web, Photo, or Devices, whichever you prefer. But here, I've chosen Print. After that, you choose the Colour Format. You must select CMYK if you are going to print it, and RGB mode if you don't want it. It doesn't really matter what mode you choose for now, I just want you to create it. The new file size is 640 pixels by 200 pixels.

Using the Snapping Design Aid

I use the Snapping and put it top because it is very useful to me. You can enable or disable it whichever you think is best for you.

The Snapping helps simplify the positioning of new and existing objects by "magnetizing" moved or resized objects to other objects or document elements.

Creating the Background

To create a background, I just draw a rectangle on the whole sheet. To do this, you have to click on the Rectangle icon and now you can just click and drag to draw a rectangle.

Creating the Gradient Background for the Text

After drawing the rectangle, I want to make a gradient fill. So, I select the Gradient Fill tool from the left tool bar, and drag a vertical line across the rectangle. This line with two points (stops) will create the gradient.

Setting the First Colour of the Gradient Background

Click the upper gradient point (gradient stop), the small circle on one end of the line, then click  Colour in the Colour Panel. If you can notice, the selected point is bigger than the other point, this way, you can track which point you are editing. Now pick one colour from the colour wheel. You can always choose whichever colour you prefer. But here, I choose a lighter shade of blue from my Swatches. 

Setting the Second Colour of the Gradient Background

After setting your first colour, you can now click on the other gradient point (stop), the small circle at the bottom of the gradient line (gradient path). Again, you select a colour from the colour wheel. Here, I choose a darker shade of blue from my Swatches.

Remember that you can play with your gradient using the small wheel on the center of the gradient path and with the gradient points by dragging them up and down or moving them up and down or left to right. As long as you are satisfied with the result, that's okay.

Creating and Setting the Text

Once you're done with the gradient background, you are now ready to create the star of this tutorial, the "summertime" text. First, you create a new layer by clicking the New Layer icon. To type a text, click the "A" icon and select your preferred font.

Here I select the Grand Hotel font and set the font size to 32 pt. I click on the document and type the text. Don't forget to center your text horizontally and vertically by clicking the Center tool at the top right corner.

Adding the Gradient Overlay to the Text

A gradient overlay is essential in creating a pressed text effect. So, I click on the "fx" icon on the lower right corner then I tick on the Gradient Overlay from the pop-up menu.  Set the Angle to 90 degrees and you can notice that the light is now coming from the top part because it's the lighter part. Next, click Gradient > Colour > Colour Picker and choose two colours from the layers palette or wherever you want. Remember to click the gradient points to edit your gradient overlay for both the top and bottom part of it. Play with the center wheel on the gradient path to achieve the gradient you want.

Setting the Inner Shadow of the Text

To make the text more realistic, you need to add an Inner Shadow. Just click on the Inner Shadow button and play with the Opacity, Radius, Offset, and Intensity settings because the shadow is too dark. Adjust the settings to your desire until you achieve the effect you like.

Setting the Outer Shadow of the Text

The Outer Shadow is as important as the Inner Shadow, so don't forget to click on that button. We need it in white, so I choose the colour white from the colour wheel. To make the pressed text effect more realistic, I turn down the settings. Just play with the settings until it looks good.

We're Done!

Now give yourself a pat to the back! You just have created a realistic "summertime" pressed text effect. Gradients can be tricky sometimes but if done right, they can make your digital elements artistic and professional.

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