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I've been trying to give this particular artwork an embossed look with details, but I'm falling short. This is what I have:

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I have been placing the image on a plane as a bump map, but not getting the desired effect.

The image in green is what I'm looking for:

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Does anyone have any ideas?

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  • $\begingroup$ Please add what you want your result to look like. Reference images are necessary for something like this. $\endgroup$ – VRM Sep 30 '15 at 20:24
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    $\begingroup$ The image in green is what I'm looking for. $\endgroup$ – Russo Sep 30 '15 at 20:28
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I would use a software like CrazyBump, Knald, or SmartNormal to create a normal map based on the image you have and add that to your material.

If you are using cycles you can run the normal map through a normal map node and plug that into your shaders.

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Here's the result I got with SmartNormal. You could improve a lot by spending more time tweaking the settings, but it's a start.

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Consider the Blender Compositor for your final image.

Image before compositing some contrast.

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Image after compositing with more contrast.

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Compositing Nodes with Black, Middle, and White Thresholds Color Ramp

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    $\begingroup$ eeewww... good answer but i really don't like the arrows. $\endgroup$ – Scalia Sep 30 '15 at 22:53

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