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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.
This example involves using a custom gradient and then also applying a gradient as a stroke. Here's our starting point. I just want to mention here that the letter I'm using is Futura. If you don't have Futura, and it's not a font that ships with the Creative Suite, then I have included a shape layer which is not going to be editable type, but will serve the same functions. You will be able to apply the same effects to it. All right, so let's go to the Layer Style and then we're going to Gradient Overlay.
I'm going to choose a different kind of gradient-- or rather we're going to make a gradient. I'm going to click on my first color stop, click on Color, and we're going to use nice bright red, and then I'm going to move the white to the middle. Click on the Color box and we're going to change that to nice golden yellow and then I'm going to duplicate the red color stop over to the right-hand side, like so. Now I'm going to come and click on Stroke and I'm going to increase the stroke weight to five pixels and I'm going to change the Fill Type of the stroke to a Gradient and the style of gradient I'd like to use is a Reflected gradient, so the light goes from white to black and then back to white again, and I can change the angle of that if I like. And there's our effect, quick, simple, and effective.
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