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After FX Tutorials : Outer Bevel

Outer bevels can be a great effect for interfaces with rounded edges and smooth curves. Here are a few easy steps to create the outer bevel effect using the photoshop lighting effects filter and the channels.
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First you will need the basic skeleton of the interface loaded on its own separate layer. Make sure the interface is already using the desired color.

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Load a selection on the interface then select the channels palette. With the selection still loaded, make a new channel then select that channel by clicking on the channel thumbnail. Fill the selection with white (fig. 3).

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With the selection still loaded, apply FILTERS > BLUR > GUASSIAN BLUR. I used 4.5 for the amount of blur but you can use a diffrent intensity for the amount of blur. The greater the blur the more smoother the edges will be. After applying the blur,
release the current selection.

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Select the RGB channels then go back to the layers palette then select the layer containing the interface. Apply FILTERS > RENDER > LIGHTING EFFECTS and use the light position as indicated in fig. 5. The settings I used for the lighting effects filter are listed below.

Light type:
Texture channel:
White is high:

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The filter can sometimes create a rough dirty edge around the interface as indicated but the blue box on fig. 6. To remove the rough edge, you can simply
load a selection, contract the selection by 2 pixels, inverse the selection, then hit the delete key.

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