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Framing Your Work

Quick Tip: The limits of Bevel and Emboss

Photoshop's Bevel and Emboss Layer Style works really well on low-res, 72-ppi images, but unfortunately when you're using high-res, 300-ppi images, the effect of the Bevel and Emboss filter is much less. For example, a Depth of 20 gives a very thick, sharp inner bevel on a 72-ppi image, but the same setting of 20 on a 300-ppi image gives a softer, smaller bevel that seems to have about 30% to 40% of the intensity of the low-res version.

There's really no practical way around this in Photo-shop, but if you want this type of bevel effect for high-res images, Alien Skin's Eye Candy 4000 collection of Photoshop plug-ins has a Bevel Boss filter that's first-rate, and it works well on high-res images. Find out more at their Web site at www.alienskin.com.


It's amazing how just putting a frame around a photo can transform it from a snapshot into a piece of art, and this technique shows you an easy way to create a photo-realistic frame, all from right within Photoshop, without using any third-party filters or images. The frame you'll create here is in red; however, you can use a medium gray instead, and then use Hue/Saturation after it's done to make the frame any color you'd like.


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