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Introducton to Adobe Photoshop
Creating A Custom Bevel  

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Part II: Current Page

Part I: Previous Page

  • Make Changes In The Preference Settings
  • New File Creation And Image Transfer
  • View Command Setting And Options
  • Create And Save Five Masks

Use Masks To Cut Out Parts

  1. Preparation: Create the 5 parts layers.
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    • Highlight the Art Layer.
    • Drag it to the "Create New Layers" icon 5 times.
    • Relabel the new layers as shown above.

  2. Load the Frame Face mask into the Frame Face layer.
    • Select the Frame Face layer.
    • Open the mask dialog box (Select > Load Selection...).
    • Choose Frame Face from the drop down list.
    • The Frame Face mask will appear over the image as shown below.
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    • The sample image above has been lightened to enhance the visibility of the Selection line and to minimize file size.
    • Cut away the unprotected area by pressing the "Delete" key. The result is show below and this image has not been lightened.
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Add Effects: Apply surface and lighting treatments

  1. Decrease contrast
    • Eliminate the mask (Ctrl + D).
    • Decrease contrast (Image > Adjust > Brightness/Contrast...)
      • Set Contrast (-75).

  2. Add Texture
    • Add noise (Filter > Noise > Add Noise...).
      • Set Noise level (25).
      • Check select Gaussian.

    • The result of the above two step.
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  3. Add A Color Shift
    • Colorize (Image > Adjust > Hue/Saturation...).
      • Check select Preview.
      • Set Hue to blue (149).
      • Set Saturation to mute (81%).
      • Set Lightness higher (+22).

    • The result of the above step.
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  4. The remaining parts can be created by following the steps from above. Start with Use Masks To Cut Out Parts step number 2. Just change the part layer and the mask part. Do the Top Bevel next.

    There is one additional step required by each of the parts and they are as follows:

    • The Top Bevel is in deep shadow so it must be darkened (Image > Adjust > Brightness/Contrast...).
      • Check select Preview.
      • Set Brightness (-80).

      The Top Bevel part.
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    • The Left Bevel is also in shadow but not as dark (Image > Adjust > Brightness/Contrast...).
      • Check select Preview.
      • Set Brightness (-40).

    • The Right Bevel is a highlight so it must be lightened (Image > Adjust > Brightness/Contrast...).
      • Check select Preview.
      • Set Brightness (+50).

      The Left Bevel and Right Bevel parts.
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    • The Bottom Bevel is the main highlight so it is the lightest (Image > Adjust > Brightness/Contrast...).
      • Check select Preview.
      • Set Brightness for main highlight (+85).

      The Bottom Bevel part.
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Final Enhancements: Adjust and retouch.

Adjust the newly created frame. I found it too bold for the artwork. It was toned down for the final version to retain the focus on the artwork.

The method I chose was to reduce the Layers Opacity setting to 75% for all the five parts layers. I could have chosen to reduce contrast but the result would not have been as painterly.

................ The picture with a softer frame.
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Retouching: Use the "Burn Tool"

The "Burn Tool" is part of a powerful triad (Burn, Dodge, and Sponge) in the Toning Tool set. Keystroke "o" will select or cycle through the 3 Toning tool choices. They are all very intuitive for photographers familiar with darkroom work.

The Sponge works like a polycontrast filter. It can add or reduce contrast in very localized areas. You can literally dodge and burn different contrast grades into one image.

For the non-photographer among you, just try it. It works wonders. For the retouching, use the "Burn Tool" with the settings suggested in the samples shown below.

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..... Toning Tool Options .... Burn Tool .. Brush Size Selections

The framed picture above was already retouched. The sample below shows the original flat lighting (lack of dimension) problem.

  • Activate the Right Bevel layer.
  • Burn the bottom corner area with burn tool exposure set at 50%.
  • The red marks in the center sample shows the 3 burn locations.

........................ Before ...... Burn locations ......... After
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The Final Tweak: Minor color and contrast correction.

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................... Before .................................... After

Enhance the color balance in the Art Layer (Image > Adjust > Color Balance...).

  • Select midtones.
  • Set Cyan (+19).
  • Set Magenta (unchanged).
  • Set Yellow (-7)

Change brightness and contrast in the Art Layer (Image > Adjust > Brightness/Contrast...).

  • Brightness value to +7
  • Contrast value to +8

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