Bevel And Emboss Style

What You'll Do

In this lesson, you'll apply the Bevel and Emboss style, then modify the Bevel and Emboss settings.

Using the Bevel and Emboss Style

You use the Bevel and Emboss style to add combinations of shadows and highlights to a layer and make type appear to have dimension and shine. You can use the Layer menu or the Layers palette to apply the Bevel and Emboss style to the active layer. Like all Layer styles, the Bevel and Emboss style is linked to the type layer that it is applied to.

Understanding Bevel and Emboss Settings

You can use two categories of Bevel and Emboss settings: structure and shading. Structure determines the size and physical properties of the object, and shading determines the lighting effects. Figure 17 contains several variations of Bevel and Emboss structure settings. The shading used in the Bevel and Emboss style determines how and where light is projected on

Filling type with imagery

You can use the imagery from a layer in one file as the fill pattern for another image's type layer. To create this effect, open a multi-layer file that contains the imagery you want to use (the source), then open the file that contains the type you want to fill (the target). In the source file, activate the layer containing the imagery you want to use, use the Select menu to select all, then use the Edit menu to copy the selection. In the target file, press [Ctrl] (Win) or (Mac) while clicking the type layer to which the imagery will be applied, then click Paste Into on the Edit menu. The imagery will appear within the type.

the type. You can control a variety of settings, including the angle, altitude, and gloss contour, to create a unique appearance. The Angle setting determines where the shadow falls relative to the text, and the Altitude setting affects the amount of visible dimension. For example, an altitude of 0 degrees looks flat, while a setting of 90 degrees has a more three-dimensional appearance. The Gloss Contour setting determines the pattern with which light is reflected, and the

Highlight Mode and Shadow Mode settings determine how pigments are combined. When the Use Global Light check box is selected, all the type in the image will be affected by your changes.

FIGURE 17

Bevel and Emboss style samples

FIGURE 17

Bevel and Emboss style samples

Add the Bevel and Emboss style with the Layer menu

1. Click the of Worth layer on the Layers palette.

2. Click Layer on the menu bar, point to Layer Style, click Bevel and Emboss, then click Bevel and Emboss in the Styles column

(if it is not already selected).

3. Review the Layer Style dialog box shown in Figure 18, then move the Layer Style dialog box (if necessary), so you can see the of Worth type.

You applied the Bevel and Emboss style by using the Layer menu. This gave the text a more three-dimensional look.

FIGURE 18

Layer Style dialog box

FIGURE 18

Layer Style dialog box

Angle text box

When selected, changes will affect all type layers

Angle text box

When selected, changes will affect all type layers

Altitude text box

Warping type

You can add dimension and style to your type by using the Warp Text feature. After you select the type layer you want to warp, click the Horizontal Type Tool on the toolbox. Click the Create warped text button on the options bar to open the Warp Text dialog box. (If a warning box opens telling you that your request cannot be completed because the type layer uses a faux bold style, click the Toggle the Character and Paragraph palettes button on the options bar, click the Character palette list arrow, click Faux Bold to deselect it, then click the Create warped text button again.) You can click the Style list arrow to select from 15 available styles. After you select a style, you can modify its appearance by dragging the Bend, Horizontal Distortion, and Vertical Distortion sliders.

TABLE 4: Bevel and Emboss Structure Settings

sample

style

technique

direction

size

soften

1

Inner Bevel

Smooth

Up

5

1

2

Outer Bevel

Chisel Hard

Up

5

8

3

Emboss

Smooth

Down

10

3

4

Pillow Emboss

Chisel Soft

Up

10

Bevel and Emboss style applied to type

FIGURE 19

Bevel and Emboss style applied to type

Modify Bevel and Emboss settings

1. Double-click the number in the Angle text box, then type 163.

Some of the Bevel and Emboss settings are listed in Table 4. You can use the Layer Style dialog box to change the structure by adjusting style, technique, direction, size, and soften settings.

2. Double-click the Altitude text box, then type 20.

3. Click OK, then compare your type to Figure 19.

4. Save your work.

You modified the default settings for the Bevel and Emboss style. Experimenting with different settings is crucial to achieve the effect you want.

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