Paper embossing

Embossing and debossing are the processes of creating either raised or recessed relief images and designs in paper and other materials. An embossed pattern is raised against the background, while a debossed pattern is sunken into the surface of the material but might protrude somewhat on the reverse side.

Embossed paper seal
An embossed postcard, Carnegie Library, Houston, Texas (circa 1900-1924).
A debossed map of the British Isles, from William Moon's Light for the Blind, published in 1877.
Hand-operated embossing machine
Hand-operated embossing for a photographer's copyright.