Bevel and Emboss in Photoshop CS6
Edited by Freya, Alexander Avdeev, Eng
You're watching VisiHow. In this video, we are going to show you how you can use "Bevel & Emboss" in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7.
To begin, we should already have Photoshop opened.
This is indicated by the blue icon at the bottom of the screen.
Then, we should either create a new document or open an existing one.
There is another VisiHow video on how to do that. In this video, there is a document that has already been opened, which is indicated by the "Untitled-1" tab at the left-hand side.
The layers are at the right-hand side.
In this example, a new shape has been added in a new layer on top.
This layer is separate from the background layer, which is underneath "Layer 1" in the "Layers" tab.
What we need to do is make sure that we've clicked the layer that we want to bevel or emboss.
The selected layer will turn blue in the "Layers" tab.
We double-click somewhere on the "Layer 1" line but not on the title.
Otherwise, Photoshop will allow us to rename it if we click on the actual words. Double-clicking the line will bring up the "Layer Style" window.
We click "Bevel & Emboss" in the "Styles" menu on the left.
New preferences will be shown to the right.
We can move the "Layer Style" window to see what we are doing.
We cannot make the window smaller if we want.
We click "Style" under "Structure".
We have "Outer Bevel", and so on. An extreme version of the style will be selected to demonstrate it.
We change "Size" really quickly.
We click "Outer Bevel" in "Style".
We click "Inner Bevel" in "Style".
We click "Emboss" in "Style".
We click "Pillow Emboss" in "Style".
We click "Stroke Emboss" in "Style".
We choose the style for which we are going.
Let's click "Pillow Emboss" in "Style".
We can change "Technique" to "Smooth", "Chisel Hard", and "Chisel Soft".
Let's click "Chisel Hard".
We can change "Depth" by dragging the scroller back and forth.
It will look lighter or deeper. Alternatively, we can just click and change the number for "Depth" at the right-hand side as well.
We can choose the direction, which is either "Up" or "Down".
This selection changes the layer quite dramatically. We just select whichever one. There is a preview at the right-hand side.
Then, we can select "Size".
We can drag the "Size" scroller or type the number at the right-hand side.
Then, we have the option to soften what we've just done.
Alternatively, we can keep it quite hard. We can just change the number.
Then, we have the "Shading" option to add shading.
This is a bit more technical. We can change the degree of the light. We can click on the circle. The layer will change as if the sun is shining upon it at a certain point.
We can just type the shading degree that we like.
We can select and deselect "Use Global Light" as well.
We can also change the "Altitude" value.
This can make quite dramatic differences.
We can change the "Gloss Contour" option.
This gives quite different effects to the actual surface of what we are editing. The shape in the tutorial is quite basic, but depending on what we are doing, it can be quite a dramatic difference. We are going to pick a contour.
We can click the "Highlight Mode" drop-down menu and change the mode.
There are other VisiHow videos on how to do that. It has quite strong effects, depending on which one we've selected.
We can change the "Opacity" value by clicking or dragging the scroller.
Alternatively, we can change the number on the right.
We can click "Shadow Mode" and "Highlight Mode" again.
We can click the color in the box to the right of "Shadow Mode".
We can change the color then by selecting it as we would normally do in Photoshop.
We can change the opacity.
We can type the number on the right.
Underneath, we can click the "Make Default" option.
The edited settings will be made default.
Alternatively, we can click "Reset to Default".
Photoshop will get rid of every change in "Layer Style" and gets it back to normal, standard setting.
Then, when we are satisfied with the changes, we can click "OK" in the top right-hand corner of the window.
Alternatively, we can click "Cancel" to go back and not save anything.
Let's click "OK".
We've made changes in such a way that we cannot tell if we've done anything with the shape. We just have to play around and tweak the settings around a bit, and we can find that the style will make quite a significant difference to what we are doing.
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Video: Bevel and Emboss in Photoshop CS6
Recent edits by: Alexander Avdeev, Freya