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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.
Here's a quick effective way of creating this sort of titanium look using a Noise gradient as a Gradient Overlay on the type, and then also using another gradient as a stroke around the type. Here's our starting point. Click on the Layer Style, Gradient Overlay, click on my gradient picker. Now I want to use a Gradient Type of Noise, so I'm going to from my Presets drop-down choose my Noise Samples. I will append those and I'm going to come and choose the greens. Then I'm going to change the Color Model to HSB (Hue, Saturation, Brightness) and reduce the Saturation on that so that we have grayscale noise, and I want to add some transparency to this gradient so I'm going to click Add Transparency, click OK, and I'm going to change the angle of that and we get that very cool effect.
Now I'm going to come and click on the Stroke. I'm going to have a stroke of 10 pixels, but I want the Fill Type of the stroke to be a Gradient and I want the gradient to go between black to white and then back to black again and then back to white. So I'm going to click on the gradient and rather than black I want to use a dark gray, so I'm going to sample that. Drag that up to a gray, like so. I'm going to drag this white color stop to the left and now I'm going to introduce some more color stops into this gradient.
I'm going to hold down the Alt key and drag the gray, keep the Alt key held down, drag the white, keep the Alt key held down and drag the gray, and now we get this sort of shining embossed stroke look. And I can change the Angle of that if I desire. And there we have a brushed titanium letter combining a Gradient Overlay and a gradient applied as a stroke.
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