I have already typed in the
META section of the website a post addressing the question as to how the letterpress (or engraving-like) effect in the headers of the site had been achieved. I know it can be done with vector graphics GUI-driven software (such as Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator and those of their ilk). I do not despise those applications at all (rather on the contrary), but I do my graphic work with
Tikz (or even
Asymptote) for precisely the same kind of reasons that I use TeX-based typesetting systems, as opposed to other high-quality systems such as Adobe InDesign or Quark.
Somebody at the
META section suggested that maybe I should ask about this point in this section, and here I am. Anyone could say if there is a way that such an effect can be done with our beloved packages (those I have mentioned above)? Of course, it can be done going to the PostScript level, but I'm asking about a more direct way that is already available.
EDIT: Alan's answer below works fine. We get a letterpress effect indeed, but I believe it is not the same kind of effect that has been achieved in the header.
Caramdir has answered in the
METAsection that it was not done on TeX -- I understand he means it was done with some GUI-driven application. Anyone knows how to do this with code based on