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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.
We're going to create a nice simple letterpress effect by combining a Pattern Overlay with an Inner Shadow. Here is our starting point. So I have this rosewood character on top all of a plain background that has a Gradient Overlay and a Pattern Overlay applied to it. I am going to go to the Layer Style dialog box for the letter and I'm going to start out with the Inner Shadow. I would like to color of the Inner Shadow to be sampled from a letter itself.
Then I'm just going to pull it inside the letter shape and I'm going to soften it by increasing the Size. Now I'm going to come to my Pattern Overlay where I certainly don't want that one, Rather I want one that's called Gray Granite and it's part of the Grayscale Paper group. So I'm just going to choose Grayscale Paper. I'm not sure if I have it loaded or not, but if I don't, that will append it to the bottom of my list and I can now scroll down and that's the one that we're after.
If I change the blend mode to Soft Light, let's just zoom in and we see that we go this great modeling effect from using that blend mode combined with the Gray Granite pattern of the light and there is our letterpress effect.
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