3-D: Holes, Buttons, and Chisels

3-D: Holes, Buttons, and Chisels

Except for the Buttonize effect, you must select an area before you apply any of the 3-D effects. The area you select is what is turned into a button, chiseled, cut out, or beveled inside or outside the selection marquee. Also, if you intend to use background color for the Buttonize, Chisel, or Inner Bevel effect, choose it now.

Choose Effects→3D Effects. Then, choose one of these options from the menu that appears:

  • Buttonize: Creates a raised appearance (inside your selection if you have made a selection). Because it’s a Web thing, we discuss buttonization in Chapter 17.

  • Chisel: Creates a raised appearance by making an edge outside your selection. In the Chisel dialog box that appears, increase the edge width by increasing the Size value. Choose Transparent Edge to see through the edge, or Solid Color otherwise.

  • Cutout: Creates the illusion of cutting out your selected area and extending a shadow in two directions. Drag the Vertical and Horizontal sliders left or right to extend the shadow from different edges. Increase the Opacity setting to darken the shadow, or increase Blur to blur the shadow’s edge. You can change the color of the shadow or the underlying surface by clicking the Shadow Color swatch or the Fill Interior with Color swatch, respectively. Then choose a color from the Color dialog box that appears.

  • Drop Shadow: Drops a shadow in any direction from your selected area, as though that area were floating over a surface. In the Drop Shadow dialog box that appears, drag Vertical and Horizontal sliders to change the shadow location — or, if you want something a little more intuitive, you can click the crosshairs in the left window and drag them around the central circle to indicate which way (and how far away) you want the shadow to fall. The Opacity, Blur, and Color settings work exactly the same way as they do in the Cutout section.

  • Inner Bevel or Outer Bevel: Creates an effect like raising a pyramid. The pyramid’s sloping sides (the bevel) appear within your selection area for Inner Bevel or outside them for Outer Bevel. A rather complex-looking dialog box appears. Click the Bevel illustration to choose a bevel profile from a gallery. (Each profile is like the cross-sections you see of wood moldings in a hardware store.) To see what other controls do, either fiddle with them or see the section “Common Adjustments,” later in this chapter.

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