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007 Exploring Bevel and Emboss Settings

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Video: 007 Exploring Bevel and Emboss Settings

Bevel and Emboss is the most versatile all of InDesign's effects. The time you spent learning how to use Bevel and Emboss will pay great dividends because you can use this effect in so many different situations. Whether you're trying to simulate chiseled steel, shiny plastic, or plain water, Bevel and Emboss is the main ingredient you need to cook up an awesome effect. So here I can see the four different styles of InDesign's Bevel and Emboss effect. I have an Inner Bevel, an Outer Bevel, an Emboss, and a Pillow Emboss.

007 Exploring Bevel and Emboss Settings

Bevel and Emboss is the most versatile all of InDesign's effects. The time you spent learning how to use Bevel and Emboss will pay great dividends because you can use this effect in so many different situations. Whether you're trying to simulate chiseled steel, shiny plastic, or plain water, Bevel and Emboss is the main ingredient you need to cook up an awesome effect. So here I can see the four different styles of InDesign's Bevel and Emboss effect. I have an Inner Bevel, an Outer Bevel, an Emboss, and a Pillow Emboss.

Let's see how this work. Here I have four circles filled with yellow on a yellow background, so I can just see the plain effect, and I have the four different styles of Bevel and Emboss applied to the circles. The first one uses an Outer Bevel, so inside the circle there is nothing going on, but there is a highlight and a shadow outside the circle. The next one uses an Inner Bevel. There is a highlight and a shadow inside the circle. The third one uses Emboss, so there is a highlight both inside and outside the circle, and same with the shadow, inside and outside.

The last one uses Pillow Emboss, where the difference between Emboss and Pillow Emboss is on the outside of the object the direction of the shadow and highlight is reversed, so in this case I have a shadow outside the object on top and a highlight underneath. So it looks like I'm punching down into the material here, whereas with a regular Emboss it looks like I'm pushing up through the material. Let's take a look at some of the controls in the Bevel and Emboss dialog box. I'll select these shapes and open my Effects panel and I'll apply Bevel and Emboss.

Right now I'm using an Inner Bevel, and I'll keep that. I'll increase the Size, so I can see the shadows and highlights a little bit more. As I increase the Size, you can see I increase the highlights and the shadows. Right now I am using a technique of Smooth where I have blurry highlights and shadows, but I can also choose Chisel Hard, where I can see shadows and highlights follow the edges of the objects exactly, or Chisel Soft, which is similar but even more intense. I will go back to Smooth right now.

I can change the direction, from Up to Down. When I choose Up, I have my highlights in the direction of the Angle. So right now my Angle of lighting comes from the top-left, and that's where my highlights are. But if I change the Direction to Down, I invert it so my shadows are coming from the angle of the light. I'll switch it back to Up. If I choose one of the Chisel techniques, Chisel Hard or Chisel Soft, sometimes I see these lines appear and I may not want that. If you don't like these lines, you can use Soften to eliminate them.

As I increase the Soften, I'll blur the highlights and shadows a little bit and get rid of those lines. If I want to decrease the opacity of the effect, hiding the highlights and shadows, that's what I can do with the Depth command. As I decrease the Depth, I decrease the opacity of the effect, making it something more subtle. For Shading I can control the Angle and Altitude of the highlights and shadows, so I can move them all around the object by changing the Angle and I can control the Altitude of the light source.

At a low Altitude I get very dark intense shadows and weak highlights and at a high altitude I get an intense bright highlights and weak shadows. So I will increase the Altitude and I see the shadows go away and the highlights become very bright. I will decrease the Altitude and the shadows come back and the highlights become weak. I can also control the color and blending mode of the highlights and shadows independently. So I can pick blending modes from the pop-up menu and I can pick swatches from these little boxes.

I can also control the opacity of the shadows and highlights, so I could have just a highlight and no shadow. If I wanted that, I can click on the Opacity of the shadow and change it to 0. Now the shadows go away and I just have a highlight. So I have complete control over the Bevel and Emboss effect. Let's see how we would use it to simulate a real-world material, like gold. Here I have some text and I wanted to make it look like it was molded out of gold, so I used the Bevel and Emboss effect for that.

I'll click on the Clear Effects and we'll create this from scratch. I'll double-click on the text and I'll apply Bevel and Emboss. I'll choose Inner Bevel, and for the technique, I want Chisel Hard, because this is chiseled out of a metal. I'll leave the direction as Up. I'll increase the size a little bit, to say 11 pixels. I think that works good for this particular font and size. I will decrease the Altitude because I like a little bit of a darker Shadow, and in this case I actually don't want any highlight. I want some dramatic lighting, so I want two shadows instead of Shadow and Highlight.

I can do that by changing the Highlight blending mode from Screen to Multiply and changing the swatch from Paper to black. I'll click OK and there I have it, some gold text courtesy of the Bevel and Emboss effect. With all due respect to the Drop Shadow, Bevel and Emboss is hands down the most versatile of InDesign's effects. You can create dimension and texture with shadows and highlights using any color, size, angle, and blending mode you choose. You can make any effect from chiseled stone to clear water, with Bevel and Emboss.

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InDesign FX

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  1. 8h 7m
    1. 000 Welcome to InDesign FX
      2m 42s
    2. 001 Blurring Objects with Drop Shadows
      6m 26s
    3. 002 Creating Interlocking Objects
      3m 46s
    4. 003 Exploring the Effects Panel
      8m 43s
    5. 004 Creating Long Text Shadows with Type on a Path
      4m 23s
    6. 005 Making Shiny Effects
      4m 46s
    7. 006 Producing Slime
      6m 22s
    8. 007 Exploring Bevel and Emboss Settings
      5m 34s
    9. 008 Exploring Inner Glow Settings
      2m 9s
    10. 009 Building Better Bevels
      3m 16s
    11. 010 Punching Holes
      4m 26s
    12. 011 Exploring Basic Feather Settings
      2m 52s
    13. 012 Exploring Directional Feather Settings
      5m 15s
    14. 013 Getting Effects into Print
      8m 10s
    15. 014 Getting Effects into Ebooks
      4m 32s
    16. 015 Simulating a Polaroid Effect
      3m 15s
    17. 016 Creating Metallic Strokes
      3m 18s
    18. 017 Exploring Inner Shadow Settings
      3m 50s
    19. 018 Exploring Drop Shadow Settings
      6m 15s
    20. 019 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 1
      3m 59s
    21. 020 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 2
      3m 29s
    22. 021 Creating Metallic Chrome Effects
      3m 56s
    23. 022 Creating Glass and Plastic Effects
      4m 49s
    24. 023 Exploring Satin Settings
      6m 57s
    25. 024 Exploring Gradient Feather Settings
      3m 51s
    26. 025 Simulating Carving and Chiseling
      6m 42s
    27. 026 Understanding Transparency Blend Space
      8m 2s
    28. 027 Drawing Extrusions, Part 1
      5m 25s
    29. 028 Drawing Concentric Shapes
      3m 17s
    30. 029 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 1
      5m 29s
    31. 030 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 2
      4m 6s
    32. 031 Drawing Star Bursts
      6m 7s
    33. 032 Scaling effects
      3m 0s
    34. 033 Learning Pathfinder Tips and Tricks
      9m 10s
    35. 034 Learning Transform Again Tips and Tricks
      6m 39s
    36. 035 Creating Cast Shadows, Part 1
      5m 27s
    37. 036 Exploring Outer Glow Settings
      6m 45s
    38. 037 Understanding Perspective Drawing
      4m 38s
    39. 038 Drawing 3D Banners
      3m 23s
    40. 039 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 1
      6m 41s
    41. 040 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 2
      6m 20s
    42. 041 Simulating a Ripped Background
      1m 53s
    43. 042 Creating a Breakthrough Effect
      2m 10s
    44. 043 Creating Spotlight Effects
      2m 22s
    45. 044 Backlighting an Object
      6m 8s
    46. 045 Simulating Stickers and Tape
      4m 23s
    47. 046 Creating Burnt Edges
      6m 26s
    48. 047 Creating Seamless Patterns
      8m 39s
    49. 048 Using Scripts to Create New Shapes
      6m 40s
    50. 049 Simulating Liquid
      2m 48s
    51. 050 Creating Editable Knockout Text
      5m 52s
    52. 051 Making Peeling Stickers
      5m 42s
    53. 052 Tips for Text Stroke Effects
      6m 44s
    54. 053 Creating 3D arrows
      3m 37s
    55. 054 Creating personal buttons
      4m 22s
    56. 055 Simulating leather with bevel and emboss
      4m 17s
    57. 056 Creating the effect of a magnifying glass
      4m 20s
    58. 057 Simulating a college notebook
      6m 11s
    59. 058 Using multiple effects to create plastic type
      3m 58s
    60. 059 Achieving a rough-hewn look
      2m 28s
    61. 060 Creating speech bubbles
      2m 41s
    62. 061 Creating buttons for interaction
      4m 37s
    63. 062 Creating wraparound headings
      5m 46s
    64. 063 Creating picture frames
      3m 24s
    65. 064 Customizing stroke styles
      5m 19s
    66. 065 Creating photo corners
      3m 44s
    67. 066 Making new shadow effects
      3m 19s
    68. 067 Making 3D type
      3m 15s
    69. 068 Making a 3D object
      5m 13s
    70. 069 Making translucent objects
      3m 10s
    71. 070 Mocking up a film strip
      4m 53s
    72. 071 Showing graphics as tiles
      3m 41s
    73. 072 Simulating chalk
      3m 7s
    74. 073 Using drop- and inner-shadows to create a cutout effect
      4m 30s
    75. 074 Applying multiple strokes with layers
      7m 1s
    76. 075 Enhancing design with skewed text
      3m 59s
    77. 076 Creating and revealing hidden objects
      3m 33s
    78. 077 Setting text vertically
      2m 51s
    79. 078 Achieving a developing Polaroid effect
      3m 38s
    80. 079 Creating ornamental frames
      5m 54s
    81. 080 Framing photos in letters
      4m 19s
    82. 081 Creating effects with paragraph rules
      3m 30s
    83. 082 Putting curved shadows on paper
      2m 40s
    84. 083 Building a puzzle
      2m 16s
    85. 084 Applying a gradient to text
      2m 2s
    86. 085 Creating a theater marquee
      4m 38s
    87. 086 Centering type on a curve
      2m 33s
    88. 087 Creating looks without fill
      2m 31s
    89. 088 Creating spiral patters from random lines
      3m 11s
    90. 089 Creating highlights at top and bottom
      3m 24s
    91. 090 Combining stroke styles
      2m 11s
    92. 091 Making a bottle cap
      1m 47s
    93. 092 Creating a 3D bevel effect behind a cover
      3m 30s
    94. 094 Making trading cards
      4m 43s
    95. 093 Creating custom frames
      2m 11s
    96. 095 Revolving an item around an object
      2m 44s
    97. 096 Creating old-fashioned spotlights
      2m 12s
    98. 097 Creating a rust effect
      1m 44s
    99. 098 Creating sparkle
      1m 54s
    100. 099 Double beveling text
      2m 24s
    101. 100 Creating a 3D pocket with bevel and gradient
      3m 2s
    102. 101 Creating metallic text
      3m 7s
    103. 102 Creating stained glass
      2m 53s
    104. 103 Bobbling a photograph
      4m 47s
    105. 104 Creating a lighted sign
      3m 9s
    106. 105 Creating a blue ribbon NEW
      12m 58s
    107. 106 Putting items on a shelf NEW
      6m 11s
    108. 107 Creating a shredded-document effect NEW
      4m 12s
    109. 108 Simulating a train-station display board NEW
      9m 54s

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