Instead of using a displacement map, here’s another method for taking a custom file and distorting it to match a background image.



  1. Josh 9 August, 2008 at 15:24 Reply

    I have tried looking for a suitable bottle for this effect…but i have been coming up short…the one bottle i did find doesn’t have a background that allows the effect to really shine through correctly…

    where did you find that bottle??

    are there any good, free Stock sites out there?

  2. Martin 13 August, 2008 at 17:35 Reply

    wow! very nice tutorial and very good work you’ve done here, how ever, for us youngsters it’s often a problem finding good images because the really good images are only to be fund at stock sites. if you could put up the pictures you use in your tutorials I bet there would be a lot of happy users! Sincerely, Martin.

  3. flo 15 August, 2008 at 02:36 Reply

    Great Tutorial.
    But sadly it doesn’t work that well with my files. Maybe I soften the logo too much or less.
    Can you tell us how much you softened it for the glass filter? I mean should we notice, that it got softened or is it just a little bit? Know what I mean?

  4. Márcio Guerra 19 August, 2008 at 08:02 Reply

    Well, great look on your end result… Perhaps there is too much of refrection, which I mean that it could have less of emboss, but that is, like you said, a matte of taste, you showed exactly where and how to do it.
    Great tutorial.

    Keep it up, Corey!

    Márcio Guerra

    P.s.- Just one last thing, I read the comments, you mentioned fotolia, I tried to look there, but, pehaps because I wasn’t registered I couldn’t find this photo, however I am just going to leave a sugestion. If you use pics from some sites, and don’t know if they support you on these tutorials, but, if you don’t mind, if the photo used was sponsored or so, or if you don’t mind, please try to always say where it comes from… Please… Eheheh Well, but only if you don’t mind and feel that it might help some of us finding it… Thanks!

  5. TimoPetro 20 August, 2008 at 10:08 Reply

    Awesome! Thanks Corey. I work for a promotional products company and always have to add logos to blank products. This method also works really well for creating a debossed (recessed) logo on items. We manufacture those silicone bracelets (like the Live Strong ones Lance Armstrong sponsors) and this method works better than anything I’ve done in the past. Any other tips you have for stuff like this would be awesome to have.

    Thanks again!

  6. franz bibfelft 6 September, 2008 at 15:57 Reply

    Very frustrating. I’ve tried different color liquids, different thickness fonts, distortion cranked up to the limit and smoothness of 1 and I don’t even approach the level of embossing the Corey gets. I must be missing something even though I’ve watched the video six times. At full distortion and smoothness 1, my logo barely lifts away from the bottles.

  7. Nap 30 October, 2008 at 00:32 Reply

    i dont get it, im very sorry, the video was so awesome, but when the time i do it by myself, all i can say is DAMN, why i cant do emboss like in the video, even me, i play the distortion etc., by still, i done a big different. Please to the eXecutive, say the real magic here in your tutorial. Thanks. -nap philippines

  8. AK 27 November, 2008 at 02:49 Reply

    Is there a tutorial on how to get the logo that you start with? I have Windows also and that makes it difficult to follow along. My logo is black text on a trasparent background but when I drag it over onto my bottle the text doesn’t turn white after the applications. It stays black and it looks like the trasparent background is there somehow and it turns white instead. Does the logo sound like the problem or is it my follow along skills?lol Thanks!

  9. Lee 8 January, 2009 at 07:43 Reply

    Great little tutorial and worked first time for me, i put a logo onto a plastic screen on an object and looked great.

  10. Sathish Sampath 30 May, 2009 at 13:53 Reply

    Its a great tutorial. Was really thinking for such tutorial for my current work. you saved my time. i just did the steps, and got a great result.. Thanks a lot. You Rock.

    Sathish Sampath

  11. KeithS 27 May, 2010 at 01:21 Reply

    The embossed look is done perfectly. I like how the final product looks. I’ve been trying to design a logo somewhat like this (in essence, of course ) for myself and it was a disaster! I didn’t manage to get it looking right. It was a little bit… off somehow. Finally, I decided to use the professional services of an online logo design site instead ( and got the logo I wanted at an affordable price and fast too, within 24 hours. I did provide this link for reference and inspiration to my designer as I liked how yours look. I’m not going to design a logo without any professional help anytime soon though it’s fun. And liberating. Haha. Cool tutorial, by the way.

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