Adding Bevels and Embossing

Adding Bevels and Embossing

Bevels and embossing add depth to a layer by using highlights and shadows to give it a chiseled, three-dimensional look. Using the Bevel and Emboss panel of the Layer Style dialog box shown in Figure, you can create five different effects with the Style drop-down list.

Figure: In the Bevel and Emboss panel, use the Style drop-down list to select a bevel and emboss type.

The five different bevel and emboss effects are Outer Bevel, Inner Bevel, Emboss, Pillow Emboss, and Stroke Emboss. An example of each type is shown in Figure. (At the bottom of Figure is an extra example of a Stroke Emboss that includes a Pattern Overlay. Hey, I had the room and I wanted to show a variation!)

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Figure: The five types of bevel and emboss.

As shown in Figure, you get to choose from a ton of settings when applying a bevel and/or emboss to a layer. Notice how the settings are divided into two sections: a Structure area and a Shading area. The following directions run through all the options. Use whatever settings you need to achieve the look that you’re after and, by all means, experiment!

  1. Select a layer in the Layers palette.

  2. Click the Add Layer Style button at the bottom of the Layers palette, and then choose Bevel and Emboss from the menu.

    The Layer Style dialog box opens with the Bevel and Emboss effect selected. (Refer to Figure.)

  3. Select settings in the Structure area to shape the bevel and emboss.

    • Use the Style drop-down list to select a Bevel and Emboss effect. You can choose from Outer Bevel, Inner Bevel, Emboss, Pillow Emboss, and Stroke Emboss. Refer to Figure to find the type of effect you’re looking for.

    • Select a look for the effect by using the Technique drop-down list. You can choose from Smooth, Chisel Hard, and Chisel Soft.

    • Select a Direction radio button to set whether the bevel and emboss appears to go up or down.

    • Use the Size slider to set how large the bevel and emboss is.

    • Drag the Soften slider to smooth any rough edges.

  4. In the Shading area, select settings to set the angle, shadows, and highlights. (See Figure.)

    Figure: Use the Shading area to set how the shadows and highlights look.

    • Set the direction of the light source by entering a degree in the Angle text box or by dragging the tiny crosshair around the circle.

    • Use the Altitude text box to enter a number in degrees for the height of the light source. Zero degrees shines light straight across the layer from the left. Ninety degrees shines light straight down onto the layer.

    • Click the Gloss Contour Picker to select the shape of the highlights and shadow, as shown in Figure.

      Figure: Use the Gloss Contour Picker to select highlight and shadow shape.

    • Select blending modes by using the Highlight Mode and Shadow Mode drop-down lists. To select a different highlight or shadow color, click the color square to the right of the drop-down list. Set shadow and highlight opacity with the sliders. (To find out more about Blending Modes, turn to Technique 17.)

  5. Click OK to close the Layer Style dialog box.

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