Carved Effect?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Skip, Dec 31, 2004.

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    Skip Guest

    Could anyone point me in the right direction? I'm trying to make an
    effect of carved, reverse bevel or sandblast look with text carved in
    marble. I did it last year but can't remember how. Is there a way to
    reverse the bevel.
    Thanks for any help.
    Skip, Dec 31, 2004
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    edjh Guest

    What version of Photoshop? Is it an editable file (psd)? I would point
    you in the direction of Layer Styles, which can be undone if not flattened.
    edjh, Dec 31, 2004
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    Clyde Guest

    Scott Kelby has a very nice method in his "Photoshop X Down & Dirty
    Tricks" books. I use it and like it. Let's see if I can give you the
    short version...

    Start with a stone background or something that would look good carved.

    Create a text layer with the text you want.

    Create a copy of the background and select that layer.

    Control (Cmd) Click on the text layer to select the text.

    Inverse the selection. Delete. Deselect. Trash or hide text layer. This
    should leave your background copy with the background in the shape of
    the text.

    Layer Style "Bevel and Emboss" Style = Emboss. Chisel Hard. Depth = 600.
    Size = 2. Global light = unchecked. Angle = -59. Altitude = 40.

    Still in "Bevel and Emboss" click on Highlight Mode Color Swatch. Pick a
    highlight color from a highlight in the background image. Lower opacity
    to 60% and shadow to 100%.

    Layer Style "Color Overlay" Blend Mode = Overlay. Opacity = 23%. Color =

    To darken the shadow effect and sell the depth, move the Levels Output
    slider to the left to about 210. I often like it less than that or none
    at all.

    This method doesn't bevel the carved effect, but it does really look
    like it was carved straight down. The edges are nice and sharp though.
    If you want the edges chipped a bit, do this:

    Control (Cmd) click on the type layer to select. (OK, maybe you should
    have just hidden rather than deleted it earlier.)

    Add a Layer Mask.

    Filter > Brush Strokes > Splatter. Spray Radius = 10. Smoothness = 10.

    Duplicate the layer you've been doing all this to.

    Layer Styles "Bevel and Emboss" Style = Stroke Emboss. Depth = 1000.

    Layer Styles "Color Overlay" Blend Mode = Multiply. Opacity = 30%.

    This will bevel and chip the very edge of the stone carving. It does
    work better on bigger sized text.

    Not all these settings will work the same on all sizes of text. I also
    works better on fatter fonts. Since they are in layer styles, it's easy
    to adjust for different sizes.

    I hope I'm not violating any copyright laws. Of course, you will go buy
    one of his books. Actually, I have found some useful information in them.

    Clyde, Dec 31, 2004
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    Michael 23 Guest

    select "down" instead of "up" on the bevel properties... and try playing
    with the angle / altitude for some neat effects
    Michael 23, Dec 31, 2004
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    Skip Guest

    Thanks for you help.
    Skip, Jan 2, 2005
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