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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.
Okay, this one is going to have us work with an Inner Glow that applies a gradient to achieve these interior lines, is our starting point. I have an I set in Futura Extra Bold. If you don't have that font, I've also included it as a shape layer or feel free to use any font that you like. So let's jump directly to Inner Glow. In order for us to be able to see the Inner Glow, I'm first going to turn down the Fill Opacity to zero and come to my Inner Glow where I will need to change the blend mode to Normal, the Opacity to 100, and I'm going to increase the Size of this to 100 pixels and I need the Technique to not be Softer. Rather to be Precise.
All right so far so good, but now for the punchline and the punchline is we used a gradient as the Inner Glow. I'm going to edit the gradient. And right now I have a color to transparency, so let's start out by using a solid color to solid color and I'll come and edit the color. For the first color stop I'll use a bright red and then I'm going to move the white color stop to position of 25% on the gradient.
Now I'll duplicate the red color stop holding down the Option or Alt key. I'll put that one at 50%. Now I'll duplicate the white. Option and Alt key. I will put that one at 75% and I'll duplicate the red one again and put that all the way at the end. So already that looks pretty interesting, but now we can really trick this out by going to the Contour and I'm going to apply this contour that I created earlier that has four points to it and that's going to give us that result, which is kind of interesting.
Just one last thing that I would like to do here and that's turn on Anti-aliased. Although it's not making any visual difference there, certainly isn't going to hurt. There is a in-line effect created with Inner Glow and a custom contour.
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