Photoshop Fundamentals: Create a Carved Stone Effect



Dateline: May 5, 2008
Version: Adobe Photoshop CS3

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Photoshop’s Texture filters provide an image with depth and/or substance. In this technique, you’ll use the Texturizer filter to apply an instant texture. You’ll also use the Bevel and Emboss feature a couple of times—an emboss style and inner bevel—to produce a realistic 3D appearance. To create ‘cracks’ in the stone’s surface, you’ll select a Hard Round brush and draw lines by simply clicking the image and dragging down.



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Launch Photoshop and download stone.psd from the liquidlibrary stock image collection, if you wish to use the same base image as the one in the tutorial. Press F7 to show the Layers palette. Select the Background layer. Choose Filter > Texture > Texturizer. Use the options in the resulting Texturizer dialog box and click OK.

Select Layer 1. Command-click Layer 1 to make it a selection. Choose Select > Modify > Expand. Use the option in the resulting Expand Selection dialog box and click OK.

Choose Window > Color (F6). Set the Fill to 25. Press Option + Delete to fill the selection with gray. Choose Select > Deselect (Command + D).

Choose Filter > Texturizer (Command + F).

Click the Add Layer Style button and select Bevel and Emboss from the drop-down menu. Use the options in the resulting Bevel and Emboss dialog box and click OK.

Click the Create New Layer button. Select the Brush tool (B). In the resulting Options bar, click the arrow to open the Brush Preset picker. Select the Hard Round 5 pixels brush. Click the arrow again to close the Brush Preset picker.

In the color palette, set the Fill to 40.

Position the brush at the top of the image and drag downward to create lines.

Click the Add Layer Style button and select Bevel and Emboss from the drop-down menu. Use the options in the resulting Bevel and Emboss dialog box and click OK.

Set the Layer Mode to Hard Light.

Experiment by adding text and applying Bevel and Emboss to it.

Our final effect is shown at left (click to enlarge).

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