Illustrator, unlike Photoshop, doesn’t have dedicated contouring capabilities. This tutorial shows you how to achieve embossing effects without having to open up PSD and rasterizing your work.
You can apply the effects on shapes, including text, and you’ll be pleased to find that even after ’embossing’ your original graphics remain editable.
To finish off, it also shows you how you can save the effects as a graphic style to use in future projects.
The tutorial is here: