Photoshop Tutorials - Layer Styles - Bevel and Emboss
6) Bevel and Emboss
This is one of the most powerful effects in Photoshop. With this layer style you can make the objects look three-dimensional.
The settings of the layer style have the main and 2 subsidiary sections.
Structure Section lets you set the structure of the volume the object will have. In the Style menu, we select the type of the volume effect. By default, we set the Inner Bevel for now. This effect creates an edge around the image outline, using the internal part of the image without affecting its size.
Outer Bevel effect makes the image look concave (you must have another layer below the active one in order for effect to be visible).
Emboss effect creates the bas-relief effect for the layer image.
Pillow Emboss effect creates an opening around the object.
Stroke Emboss effect works only when the Stroke style is additionally applied to the layer. It is similar to the Stroke effect for the selections, but you can change it dynamically.
The size of the edge is controlled by the Size option while you can set the visual depth with the Depth slider. The Direction option allows you set the direction in which the light is dropped (Up - the light is directed from bottom to the top, Down - the light is directed from top to the bottom).
Dropdown menu Technique lets you set the type of the edges: Soft, Chisel Soft, Chisel Hard..
Shading Section lets you set the light and shadow options. We can set the light direction and the distance from the light source through the interactive tool that looks like the circle with the dot as a symbol of the object in the middle. Using Gloss Contour dropdown menu you can set the shape of the contour gloss.
The volume effect is reached by creating highlighted (Highlights) and darkened areas of the image edge. You can set the blending mode and opacity for each of them in the Structure section.
The 2 subsidiary sections are Contour and Texture. In the Texture section you can choose or create the texture, set its size and depth.