GD Library Helpers
There are three types of text effects easily achieved. The drop shadow we normally think of, gives us a 3-D look as it stands out from the page. A top shadow does the opposite. It gives a carved or indented look. And putting a light color on each side of a dark one bevels the text.
Not only can your text be carved, beveled or shadowed; but a drawn or import image as well.....Let your imagination carry you to the unexplored and we'll all go further.
Here's a zip file of everything you need to make the text examples above.
Here's a zip file of everything you need to make a carved text Calling Card