Easy bevel and texture effects in Photoshop
Simple tools deliver big results
By Mike Jackson
Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2016
A lot of beautiful effects can be created in Photoshop using the built-in tools. Some of them require the user to have a fairly good understanding of the program, while others are relatively intuitive if you take only a few minutes to learn through experimentation. There are ever expanding lists of third-party add-ons, plug-ins and filters to make life so much easier and faster. Sure, many of them cost extra money, but if you need their results, the investment can pay off quickly.
Bevel and Texture effects have three or four major uses—at least the way I count them! First, for companies with large-format printers, the effects are simply part of the printed design. Blends, textures, blurs and about anything you can dream up can be printed. Second, you can use texture and bevel effects in a sales drawing to show how a sign might look when later produced in three dimensions.
Bevel and texture effects can also be used for standard print jobs, web graphics and logos. Finally, a hybrid version might include a printed texture effect on the background, with cutout letters and graphics applied over it, or texture effects printed and applied on the surface of the cutout letters and shapes.
Mike and Darla Jackson operate Golden Studios in Loveland, Colorado, and do a variety of sign-related projects. Mike’s website is www.goldenstudios.com. His email address is email@example.com. You can see more of Mike’s photos at www.tetonimages.com and www.goldenstudios.com.