Tutorials - 3D Effects
Part 3: recessed
Well, another nice
effect that you can make with the previous technique is bring
down a shape.
Follow this example.
As always we have a PSD
(zip format) with a background and a layer: this layer has a
To add a recessed
area you can use again the channel like in the example 1.
Well you can try
to add a circular shape recessed. To do this make a circular
selection on the shape layer and then save it (circle channel).
With the selection
active press CTRL/c then CTRL/v to copy this shape area into
another layer. Make this layer invisible (click on the eye icon).
Now duplicate the
circle channel and apply Gaussian Blur filter: radius=4.
Filter menu, Stylize,
Emboss: angle=150, height=4, amount=160.
channel and invert it.
(here's a way to
duplicate: right click and then select Duplicate Channel)
Use the Level controls
to select the gray with the black picker.
Repeat this step
for the circle channel.
Now load the two
circle channels selection. I've loaded first the circle blurred
Ok. To recess this
area you should invert the brightness direction. So for the
current selection you must use high brightness values.
Image menu, Adjust,
Now load the second
circle channel selection and apply a lower brightness correction,
As you'll remember
you have copied the circle area from the shape layer and then
you have pasted it into a new layer. Make visible this layer.
So reload again
the circle channels selection. But this time you must use the
brightness direction with a right direction: so the dark brightness
to the right and the light brightness to the left.
Here's the final