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For the first installment of Photoshop for Designers, Nigel French shows how to create editable, non-destructive effects such as shadows, glows, and bevels with layer effects in Photoshop. The course covers the use of layer effects like Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, and Gradient Overlay, as well as how to combine effects with blending modes, transparency, and textures. With these techniques, designers can finesse type and graphics, control light, warp text, and extrude shapes, creating drama and adding depth to their compositions.
Let's now look at Bevel and Emboss to give depth to a layer. Firstly, I'm going to increase the Size so that we can see the effect more clearly. I am working with an Inner Bevel which is going to make a highlight at the top left and the shadow of the bottom right inside the layer. If I change the direction then we'll get the highlight bottom right, shadow top left. If I increase the Depth, let's go increase the intensity of the effect and the Size will spread the effect further into the layer itself.
We have several different styles. If I change to Outer Bevel, then we get the highlight and shadow occurring outside of the layer. If I choose Emboss then it's going to make the layer look like its being pushed up from or down into the layers beneath. Pillow Emboss is going to give the impression that the layout is embedded in the layers below. A fifth option is Stroke Emboss which has no effect unless combined with the stroke layer style.
So if I come and click on Stroke and then increase the size of that Stroke, it is the stroke itself that is being embossed when we have Stroke Emboss chosen as the style. I'm going to reset this back to Inner Bevel, which I tend to find to be the most useful, and we have three different styles: Smooth, Chisel Hard, and Chisel Soft. The difference between the chisels is that Chisel Soft is actually going to give you more of a chiseling effect with more artifacting.
I'm going to increase the Size of my layer by pressing Command+Plus or Ctrl+Plus just to zoom in a bit so that we can see artifacting and I'll change to Chisel Hard. If you're working with one of the Chisel techniques you might wish to soften this artifacting by increasing the slider right here. You can see that's just smoothing it out. So those are options that relate to the structure of the Bevel and Emboss.
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