Introducton to Adobe Photoshop Creating A Custom Bevel

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Use Masks To Cut Out Parts

  1. Preparation: Create the 5 parts layers.
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  2. Load the Frame Face mask into the Frame Face layer.

Add Effects: Apply surface and lighting treatments

  1. Decrease contrast

  2. Add Texture

  3. Add A Color Shift

  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:

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.

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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...).

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

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