Creating Soft Beveled Text in Photoshop 6
by Nathan Segal
Previous to Photoshop 6, you would have to go through all sorts of steps
to create Soft Beveled Text, but with the use of Layer Styles, you can
create this effect and have a wide range of control, all within a few
||To begin, create a new RGB image with a dark blue background
and a light blue foreground. Then, select the Type tool and type some
||Use the Move tool to center the text in the window, then
choose Filter: Blur: Gaussian Blur. An alert will come up with the
message: "The type layer must be rasterized before proceeding.
It's text will no longer be editable. Rasterize the type?" Click
on OK and in the Gaussian Blur dialog box, set the Radius to 1.0 (you
can use more or less depending on the text you have and the softness
you wish to create).
Making sure the Type Layer is still selected, click on the triangle
next to the Layer Styles icon at the bottom of the Layers palette
to expand the list of Layer Effects that you will apply to the Type
Layer. From the pop-up list, select Bevel and Emboss. This brings
up the Layer Styles dialog box.
Now, click on the triangle next to the Layer Styles icon at the
bottom of the Layers palette to expand the list of Layer Effects
that you will apply to the Type Layer. From the pop-up list, select
Bevel and Emboss. This brings up the Layer Styles dialog box.
Under the Structure Heading, enter the following settings:
Style: Outer Bevel
Size: 7 pixels
Under Shading, enter these settings:
Gloss Contour: Outer curve icon
Highlight Mode: Normal
Leave all other settings at their defaults.
||This gives you a nice soft edge to your text. The beauty
of the Layer Styles dialog is that you can apply changes quickly and
easily to create a variety of effects in moments, which you can save
as new Styles.
*Nathan Segal is a Writer and Artist who is also active
in Stock Photography.
This article first appeared in November 1998.