Learn about Not so Quick Watercolor Method 2 PART 4
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Okay now we have our emboss border on a separate layer. You can grab the move tool and move this around or reposition to make it even or you can use some alignment tools. And how you would proceed in this fashion if we want it to be as perfect as possible is I would suggest turning this off just for a moment and getting the rectangle shape tool right beneath the type tool in the toolbox.
Just choose the regular rectangle tool and set it to this first icon up here which will create a vector shape layer and you want to make sure that the color it can be any color that is going to cover this up. I am just going to leave it black and have the Create New Shape Layer icon over here selected. And what I am going to do is just draw a rectangle around the image area and then I can also while I still have my mouse press down and you see this temporary path line, if I hold the Spacebar I can reposition it. Wow! I am dragging it but basically I want to get the image area in here pretty evenly just to create a marker here and I will release.
And I got this set at 51% Opacity so I can kind of see the image of through it here and the trick to using alignment is that you, you have to have more than one layer selected at a time. And if you shift click on the emboss border that layer beneath it and let us turn this on and select the move tool. You have to also have the move tool selected for these alignment icons to appear in the top options bar.
And if I click to align horizontal centers what is going to do, is it is going to move that rectangular shape layer rather than the borders which is not what I wanted to do. So I am going to Ctrl+Z on a PC, Command Z on a Macintosh to undo that. And here is how you get it to move to the particular layer that you want. You need to you know Shift click or if you are in versions prior to CS2 link them by clicking the link icon.
If you are in CS2 and above and you Shift click to have the two highlighted but then come down here at the bottom at the layers pallet and click the link icon so that you see two links here in the layers pallet. And then what you want to do is highlight the layer you want to lock. So if you want the emboss border layer to be that shifts or moves to be in alignment then you keep the other one highlighted.
Keeping that highlighted will lock it but they are both linked. So, I am now with the move tool selected and I go up here to select this align horizontal centers it moves the emboss border layer and I also want to align it with vertical centers so that would be this little middle icon here and again so long as I have the shape layer highlighted and not the layer that I want to move highlighted then I click this, it is going to move the one that is not highlighted.
So think of the one that is highlighted as lacking that in place that is the one that is not going to move. And once you have line that up you can just simply throw the shape layer into the trash and you are done.
Now the next thing that I want to do is add some style to this emboss border so I am going to click or add the styles icon that F in the black circle down and choose bevel and emboss. And when that comes up I am just going to click okay and then I am going to come out here in the top of the layers pallet where it says fill opacity that is the one directly beneath the global opacity and I am going to shoot that down as 0% and that gives you a blind emboss look.
Now the nature of the blind emboss will look a little bit better if this underline paper was not quite so stark white because the highlight portion of bevel is pure white and so it is just white on white right now. So I am going to click on the layer beneath the emboss border and add a levels adjustment layer. When this opens up, it comes in between the border layer and the layers beneath that and we are going to use the output levels here.
We are going to take this bright white and we are going to make a little bit darker gray so I am going to take that down to about 235 to 238 and click OK. And the bevel and emboss shows up a little bit better. Now I am going to go back and tweak the structure settings in bevel and emboss. Double click on it come in here and we are going to bump the highlight shading all the way up to 100% and the shadow mode of the bevel and emboss, we will take that down to about 50 make it a little bit more subtle.
Now there are other structure settings in here that you can play with. I want the bevel and emboss to look like its popping out in this instance. But if you want it to look cut away watch what will happens when you click the down button. Now look out here and it looks like it is cut into. So just experiment with some of the settings but I am just keeping the default depth of a 100%, a five pixel size, zero on the soften, 120 degree angle and an altitude of 26 and I am going to click OK.
Now I want to duplicate this to have a double embossed edge. So do I have to repeat that process all the way back? Absolutely not! We just have to press Ctrl+J on a PC, Command J on a Macintosh and duplicate that border. Now we are going to transform it to scale a little bit bigger. So you can go under the edit menu to free transform or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+T on a PC, Command T on a Macintosh.
And then what we are going to do is stretch this out evenly so that we just have to take one center handle holding down the Alt key on a PC or Option key on the Macintosh keep that modifier key hold down as you stretch this out a little bit. So I will do this on the sides and then the bottom or the top and notice how it was stretching out evenly on the opposite end and then I will commit it like so and now we have got our double emboss and we will continue this in the next segment.