Hey y’all. Want to know one of the main reasons why I uber-love templates? Speed. Hands down — speed. Not the kind Keanu Reeves was on – nope. Templates cut my creation time in half, if not more, because I don’t have to think about the design. Templates, oh how I love thee. Let me count the ways.
You know what happens when I don’t have to “over-think”? Techniques, baby! Templates allow me to concentrate on fun digital techniques. And don’t you think today is a great day for a technique tutorial?
Two of my favorite Holiday Templates 2011 workshop lessons were about embossing and debossing — two nifty Layer Styles/Effects found in Photoshop. Oh my goodness, those Bevel and Emboss options are endless and offer so many potential customizations. I have spent — more hours than I care to admit — playing with the sliders. And if you don’t mind, I’d like to share one of those lessons with you.
Below you will find two videos featuring Embossing Effects. One is for the Adobe Photoshop users and the other for Photoshop Elements users. PS users do not need to watch the PSE version. However, I recommend that PSE users watch both. PSE does not offer as many options for Bevel and Emboss modification. But it’s still worth knowing. ‘Cause knowing IS half the battle.
- The kit elements used in the demo are Oh Joy by Creashens. As of this posting, she has not offered the class kit for sale. I’ll update when it becomes available.
- Oh Joy Holiday Template no. 2
- Barely There Brush Set no. 1
- Oh Joy Number Tags
- Photo Actions by TRA
So, what looks will you create now that you’ve seen embossing, er um debossing, in action? Have you embossed your digital pieces before?