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Embossing the contour of a bevel and adding an outer bevel with texture

From: Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects

Video: Embossing the contour of a bevel and adding an outer bevel with texture

This example is going to bring out some interesting stuff. We are going to be embossing the contour of the bevel, applying an Outer Bevel with texture. Two Bevels, how are we going do that? Well, the answer is, we are going to be working with Smart Objects and we are also going to fill a shape with an image using Pattern Overlay. So, we want to get this nice sort of chrome effect with a reflection in the chrome. My first task is to create the Pattern Overlay, a half here on a hidden layer, this image which we are going to use. There are of course other ways to do this, but Pattern Overlay is a completely viable approach.

Embossing the contour of a bevel and adding an outer bevel with texture

This example is going to bring out some interesting stuff. We are going to be embossing the contour of the bevel, applying an Outer Bevel with texture. Two Bevels, how are we going do that? Well, the answer is, we are going to be working with Smart Objects and we are also going to fill a shape with an image using Pattern Overlay. So, we want to get this nice sort of chrome effect with a reflection in the chrome. My first task is to create the Pattern Overlay, a half here on a hidden layer, this image which we are going to use. There are of course other ways to do this, but Pattern Overlay is a completely viable approach.

But I first need to make this into a pattern. So with it visible, I'm going to come to the Edit menu > Define Pattern and I'll just leave it called R. Then I'll hide that, go to my Layer Style, come to my Pattern Overlay, and I should at the bottom of my list see that pattern. Now I will need to just align the patent with the image, so I'm just going to drag it around, position it relative to the piece of type the way I wanted, which is like that.

And now I'm going to come and add an Inner Shadow and I'm going to increase the size of the Inner Shadow to about 13 pixels and then I'm going to customize the contour of the shadow. I'm going to use one of the predefined contours, Ring Double, and watch what happens to the Inner Shadow when I apply that. I get this lovely interior effect. I will also make sure I have Anti-Alias turned on for that. Next I'm going to go to Bevel and Emboss. I want to turn off Global Lights so that I don't affect the Inner Shadow that I've already added.

The Style will be Emboss and the Size is going to go up to 13 pixels and I'll Soften that by just a couple of pixels. Then I'm going to adjust the Highlight mode so that we really make those highlights pop out. I'm going to change that from Screen to Linear Dodge. Here is where things get really interesting. I'm going to apply a contour curve to the Bevel itself by clicking on Contour, one of the sub-effects, and to get a really cool sort of machine hand-tooled kind of look to this.

Like it's punched out of aluminum, then I'm going to choose this Custom Curve that I made earlier, and if we take a look at the Curve Editor we can see that it looks like this. It has four points and each of these points is set to be a corner. I also want to make sure that I have Anti-Alias checked to make sure that I don't incur any of that nasty- jaggy stuff that we saw there. I'm just going to turn that off. Those are the jaggies. Anti-Aliased. There we have it without the jaggies.

So those are the effects that we want to apply to the letter, but we want to go further than this. We want to apply a more and a different kind of embossing to this letter. Now you can only apply Emboss once, unless you safe this layer as a Smart Object. So that's what I'm going to do now, I'm going to right-click on the layer and choose Convert to Smart Object. Now that it's a Smart Object, we can add additional effects to it, but before I apply additional beveling to the letter itself, I want to add a Texture Bevel to the background. Bevel and Emboss > Texture and the texture that I'm after is called Metallic Flex and it's part of the grayscale paper's group, and I want that to be linked with the layer and I will click OK to that.

Having applied the textures to the background, I'm now going to add an Outer Bevel to the R to make the R look like it's being punched up out of this textured background. I'm going to come to Texture. I want to make sure I'm using the same texture as we used on the background, Metallic Flex, and then for the Bevel and Emboss, the Style needs to be Outer Bevel and then I'll increase the Size of that. And we get this great-looking raised effect and there is our finished result.

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Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects

60 video lessons · 18201 viewers

Nigel French
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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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