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By James Fritz |

Pixel Playground: Using an alpha channel to create a 3D object

This week’s Pixel Playground technique combines a few different Adobe Photoshop features to create a subtle lighting effect.

Figure 1 - Candle

Creating effects in Photoshop can be a lot of fun, but sometimes you run into limitations with the built-in effects. In this week’s Pixel Playground, Bert begins with a simple Bevel and Emboss effect to add some dimensionality and a light source to a circle. Since we are limited to only one light source with that effect, Bert demonstrates how you can use multiple alpha channels and a little bit of painting to add another light source to your scene.

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