Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding layer effects to the frame layer, part of Type Project: Art Deco Postcard.
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To bring our art deco postcard to life, we're going to add several layer effects to the frame layer. I'm doing this in Photoshop because it's far easier to add a bevel and emboss effect here than it is in Illustrator. So to get to my layer effects, I can just double click to the right of the layer name. And I will start out with a gradient overlay. The type of gradient I want is a gold gradient, which is one that comes with Photoshop, but I need to append it to my existing gradients.
So from the cog right here, I'll choose metals and append. And that's the one I want, gold, but I might prefer to see that as a small list so that we can actually see the names. And I want the style to be reflected. One minor point, I'll also check dither just to reduce any possibility of banding in the gradient. Next I'll add a bevel and emboss. So I want the style to be inner bevel, the technique will be chisel hard, and if there's a theme here, the theme is that we're going to give it a bit more of everything that it currently has.
So, I'm going to increase the depth to about 168. And I am going to increase the size. And we can already see that, that's having quite a profound effect on the image. I'm going to go up to 46 pixels. I'll turn off use global light. This can be useful but I don't want to be restricted to one single angle of light. And then I'm going to change the gloss contour. Now there is some trial and error here. As with the gradients I have set these to a small list so that we can more easily choose them since we have a label on each of the options.
And the one that I want is cove deep. And that was just a matter of trial and error, just experimenting with these different ones. That gives me the best effect. Now I'm going to add an inner glow. And typically, with an inner glow, the blending mode is a lightning blending mode, Screen in this case, but I'm going to change it to a darkening blend mode. And I'm going to change the color to a gold color. Which I'm just choosing in the color picker. And then I want to increase the size up to 65 pixels.
And just take down the opacity to 50%. Finally I will add an outer glow. Once again I'll choose a gold color in the color picker. And I will increase the size to 10 pixels. And if we turn the outer glow off and then on again you can get an idea of what that's doing. That's before and that's with the effects. I'm now going to duplicate this layer, Cmd+J. And I will throw the effects of the top layer away. We're now going to add some new effects to this one and then blend the two layers together.
And here I want a stroke emboss. So I have to start out with the stroke itself. As I did with the gradient overlay, I'm going to use that gold gradient. Once again, its style will be reflected. And then I need to substantially increase the size of the stroke. I'm going to position it on the center and increase the size to 100 pixels. Now to make that look a whole lot better I'm going to change the blend mode from normal to soft light. But to really make this work now that we've added the stroke we're going to bevel that stroke.
So I'll come to bevel and emboss, and this time the style of the bevel and emboss will be a stroke emboss, which of course only works if you first have a stroke. I'll increase the size of this substantially up to 396%. I'm going to make the direction down as opposed to up and increase the size to 43 pixels. Once again, let's turn off global light, and I'm going to apply gloss contour of ring double.
Now, that's going to make it look a bit weird for a moment, so just bear with me. I'm going to change the highlight mode from screen to really amp it up to go to color dodge, then increase the opacity up to 85%. I forgot with the gloss contour, I'm also going to check anti-aliased, just to remove any possibility of jaggies. So now to combine this layer, frame copy, with the frame layer below, we're going to turn down the opacity on the top layer to 50%