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After FX Tutorials : 3D Ring

Here are a few easy steps to create 3D rings using the outer bevel effect and channels. These rings look great when using black or dark backgrounds.
Figure 01

First you will need the plain ring loaded on its own separate layer. To do this, create a perfect circle using the elliptical marquee tool (fig. 2) then make another circular selection but this time smaller than the first one. With the selection still loaded, hit the delete key to delete the area in the selection. This should create the ring.

Figure 02

Figure 02b

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

Figure 03

With the selection still loaded, apply FILTERS > BLUR > GUASSIAN BLUR. I used 5.5 for the amount of blur but you can using 4.0 - 6.0 for the amount of blur. Use a stronger blur for a bigger or thicker ring. After applying the blur,
release the current selection.

Figure 04

Select the RGB channels then go back to the layers palette then select the layer containing the ring. 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:

Figure 05

If dirty edges come out after using the the filter,
load a selection, contract the selection by 2 pixels, inverse the selection, then hit the delete key to remove the dirty edges of the ring.

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Figure 06

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