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Quick and Easy Text Effects in Photoshop 5
This tutorial will teach you how to create quick and easy text effects using Photoshop's Layer Effects. Step by step instructions are given for Photoshop 5 only.
1. In Photoshop, select File/New. Create your text using the Type tool. This example uses a bold font.
2. The next step will use Layer Effects. You can find these by selecting Layer/Effects, or by right mouse clicking in Windows on the T icon in the Layers palette.
The first example uses the Inner Shadow Layer Effect, using the default settings.
The second example uses the Inner Shadow Layer Effect, using the default settings. Then the Bevel and Emboss Layer Effect was applied, changing the following default settings. The Style was set to Inner Bevel, Depth was set to 3 pixels, and Blur was set to 2 pixels. Finally, the Drop Shadow Layer Effect was applied, with the default settings changed to Opacity 35%, Distance to 3 pixels and Blur to 2 pixels.
The third example below uses the Bevel and Emboss Layer Effect was applied, changing the following default settings. Highlight Mode was changed to Normal, the Opacity was changed to 100%, the Style was set to Pillow Emboss with a Depth of 3 pixels and a Blur of 2 pixels. Finally, the Drop Shadow Layer Effect was applied, with the default settings changed to Distance to 3 pixels and Blur to 2 pixels.
3. Select Image/Mode/Indexed and save this as a gif file.
Remember, even though this technique is demonstrated with type, you could also use this effect on clipart, line art, or a logo. Layer Effects can be applied to any layer in Photoshop 5. They can also be copied between layers as well.