I'm trying to create a debossed effect in a small scale. It's a coin-like layout, but not using metallic gradients:
I've been working across Photoshop for image isolation/clean up, but ultimately want to create a vector in Illustrator. The design will be printed at 1" and I'm struggling to find a combination of text, shadow and deboss effects that will be visible at such a small size.
I've tried drop shadow, inner glow, and bevel and emboss. Is this achievable, and if so how, or should I just use text fill/stroke that provide sufficient contrast instead?