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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.
Now we're going to see how we can set type in stone, specifically a weathered gravestone. This is going to involve using diffused light with a Bevel and Emboss and we'll also see how we can then create layers from the Bevel and Emboss layer effects and continue to work on them using layer masks. So I'm going to go to my Layer Style and Blending Options, I'm going to turn the Fill Opacity down to zero. That's going to make the letter disappear. But then when I click on Bevel and Emboss, we see the letter form defined by the highlight and shadow of the bevel and emboss.
I want an Inner Bevel and I want it to be Chisel Hard and I'm going to increase the depth, but mainly I'm going to increase the size so we get this nice chiseling look. Let's increase the view size there. I may wish to also Soften that a bit so that I don't see any chiseling artifacts. I'm going to change the angle of the lights, spin that around so the light comes from the bottom so it's casting a shadow on the left-hand side, and so the light is a little bit softer I'm going to move this marker closer to the middle of this circle.
I'm also going to reduce the opacity on the highlights and the shadow and then I'm going to click OK. Now I'm going to separate these layer effects on to separate layers, by creating layers, and we have one for the shadow and one for the highlight. On the shadow, what I want to do is disrupt this very uniform line that we have going on. So I'm going to add a layer mask to that and then choose my Brush tool by pressing B and I'm going to turn the opacity on my brush way down to about 20%.
I make sure that black is my foreground color and then I just zoom in a bit. I'm going to just nibble away of those edges. Wherever we see a hard straight line, just break it up a little bit and depending on how bright your highlights are, mine are very very subtle so I don't think they really need any work, but if your highlights are a bit brighter, you might also want to the same on this layer as well. So there is the effect. That's before applying the layer mask and that's with the layer mask applied. And there is our weathered gravestone type.
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