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Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects
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Bevel and Emboss effect 2: Shading


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Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects

with Nigel French

Video: Bevel and Emboss effect 2: Shading

Bevel and Emboss, part two. In this movie we're going to be talking about the Shading options that relate to Bevel and Emboss. Let's start by increasing the Size of the effect and we're going to look first at Angle, Altitude, and Global Light. If my marker is in the top half of the circle then my subject is going to lit from above. Move it down below and it's lit from below. And we can see what's happening here if we look at the preview thumbnail.
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  1. 1m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 13m 22s
    1. What are layer effects?
      3m 9s
    2. Using the Layer Style dialog box
      2m 25s
    3. Moving, copying and removing layer effects
      2m 20s
    4. Working with preset styles
      5m 28s
  3. 29m 46s
    1. Shadow effects 1: Drop Shadow
      7m 11s
    2. Shadow effects 2: Inner Shadow
      1m 2s
    3. Glow effects 1: Outer Glow
      3m 41s
    4. Glow effects 2: Inner Glow
      1m 35s
    5. Bevel and Emboss effect 1: Structure
      2m 9s
    6. Bevel and Emboss effect 2: Shading
      2m 46s
    7. Bevel and Emboss effect 3: Contour
      1m 44s
    8. Bevel and Emboss effect 4: Texture
      1m 29s
    9. Overlay and stroke effects 1: Satin
      1m 1s
    10. Overlay and stroke effects 2: Color Overlay
      1m 27s
    11. Overlay and stroke effects 3: Gradient Overlay
      1m 58s
    12. Overlay and stroke effects 4: Pattern Overlay
      1m 43s
    13. Overlay and stroke effects 5: Stroke
      2m 0s
  4. 25m 37s
    1. Blending modes
      2m 55s
    2. General opacity vs. fill opacity
      1m 16s
    3. Creating a knockout layer
      2m 37s
    4. Blending interior effects
      1m 35s
    5. Blending clipped layers as a group
      1m 18s
    6. Transparency Shapes Layers
      2m 34s
    7. Converting a layer style to image layers
      1m 45s
    8. Blending with the Layer Mask and Vector Mask Hide effects
      1m 56s
    9. Using the Blend If blending option
      3m 53s
    10. Working with contours
      5m 48s
  5. 29m 22s
    1. Placing multiple files as Smart Objects into the type poster
      1m 29s
    2. Creating offset outlines with Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, and Fill Opacity
      6m 19s
    3. Using Fill Opacity to create "ghost" text
      2m 19s
    4. Creating live (editable) blurred type with Drop Shadow
      1m 56s
    5. Creating an extruded shadow
      4m 42s
    6. Customizing a drop shadow
      5m 53s
    7. Reflecting a shadow and applying a displacement map
      6m 44s
  6. 28m 56s
    1. Inflating type by softening a smooth bevel
      3m 7s
    2. Creating a chiseled bevel
      6m 14s
    3. Embossing a stroke
      2m 31s
    4. Creating a soft bevel and customizing the contour of the inner shadow
      5m 20s
    5. Combining a smooth bevel with transparency effects
      2m 34s
    6. Embossing the contour of a bevel and adding an outer bevel with texture
      4m 13s
    7. Set in stone: Customizing a bevel with diffused light
      2m 22s
    8. Creating an embossed stamp
      2m 35s
  7. 19m 45s
    1. Working with texture: Pattern Overlay or Layer Mask?
      6m 25s
    2. Creating depth with Pattern Overlay and Inner Shadow
      1m 23s
    3. Creating and applying a custom pattern
      5m 57s
    4. Layer effects and Smart Objects 1
      1m 21s
    5. Layer effects and Smart Objects 2
      4m 39s
  8. 26m 7s
    1. Using Inner Glow to create interior shapes and neon
      7m 6s
    2. Choking an Inner Glow effect to create inline effects
      2m 4s
    3. Adapting an Inner Glow using the Contour, Range, and Jitter controls
      1m 30s
    4. Creating a stencil effect with Outer Glow and Shallow Knockout
      7m 41s
    5. Customizing contours to create multiple outlines
      2m 11s
    6. Combining Gradient Overlay and a gradient stroke 1
      1m 51s
    7. Combining Gradient Overlay and a gradient stroke 2
      1m 24s
    8. Using Satin with a custom contour
      2m 20s
  9. 9m 3s
    1. Building a type poster
      4m 26s
    2. Adding paper behind the letters
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      18s

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Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects
3h 3m Intermediate May 19, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Moving, copying, and removing layer effects
  • Working with gradient, color, and pattern overlays
  • Converting a layer style to image layers
  • Applying layer masks and vector masks
  • Beveling and embossing type
  • Creating depth with Pattern Overlay and Inner Shadow
  • Using Inner Glow to create interior shapes and neon
  • Customizing contours to create multiple outlines
Subjects:
Design Design Techniques
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Nigel French

Bevel and Emboss effect 2: Shading

Bevel and Emboss, part two. In this movie we're going to be talking about the Shading options that relate to Bevel and Emboss. Let's start by increasing the Size of the effect and we're going to look first at Angle, Altitude, and Global Light. If my marker is in the top half of the circle then my subject is going to lit from above. Move it down below and it's lit from below. And we can see what's happening here if we look at the preview thumbnail.

If my marker is in the outside of the circle then I'm going to be casting a strong shadow. Think of this as early morning or late afternoon light. As we get towards midday with my sun overhead, my shadows are far more subdued. If I were to make the Altitude 90, we see hardly any effect whatsoever with the sun directly overhead. With Use Global Lights checked, if I now were to go to Drop Shadow or to Inner Shadow, both of which also use Global Lights, and change the Angle, in this case I've changed it to 85, then when I come back to Bevel and Emboss we see that its angle has also changed.

Sometimes it's a good thing, sometimes it's not. Just something to be aware of. Let me put that back down to somewhere around 130. So next we come to Gloss Contour which maps the light across the effect and there is much to be said about contours and I am going to be addressing them in a movie in their own right, but for now I just want to point out that if I were to come to the top right of the contour, I can affect the highlights. We have the highlights currently playing at the top left of the effect here.

If I want to soften the highlights, I can drag that down a bit so that they are less pronounced. On the other hand if I want to soften the shadows, I'll bring up the bottom of the curve. If I've applied a contour that causes any artifacting or any jaggedness in my pixels, I can check Anti-aliased to mitigate that. We then have the Highlight and the Shadow Mode which by default are Screen and Multiply both at 75%.

Feel free to change the blending modes, feel free to change the colors, and sometimes you may want to only have one or the other. In which case you can drag the opacity of one of them down to 0 or close to 0. The more diffused that you want to lighting to be, the lower you want the Opacity of the effect to be. But typically if you're working with a sharply lit subject these default values and blending modes work just fine.

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