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 Beveled Text

Tutorial for PSP 8

In this tutorial you will learn how to add beveled text to a tag, as shown below.

Add a Vector layer to your image (Layers menu, New Vector Layer)

Click on the Text tool 

 Set up the materials pallet:

On your materials pallet, set both the foreground and background colours to be solid colours (Not gradients or patterns) 

  • Set your foreground and background colours on your materials pallet to either a light and a dark shade of a colour on your graphic or to two contrasting colours from your graphic.  Choose your colours by clicking the foreground and background colour swatches (not the rainbow) and then move over your image and select your colour with the dropper.


Your materials pallet should look something like this, but you may be using different colours, if you are using your own tube/background.

Create The Text

You should already have the text tool selected.

Enter you text in the Text Entry Box.  Highlight the text you have in the box (drag across it with the left mouse button held down).  

Select a font from the pull down list 

Set the size to 48

Stroke width 1

Make sure anti-alias is ticked

It doest matter if some of the text has disappeared off the edge of the image at this stage.

Position The Text

Now we are going to move the text into place and adjust its size so that it fits just right.

Click on the Object Selector tool (its the one that looks like , at the bottom of the Tool Pallet).  On PSP Photo XI use the Picker tool instead.

You will see dotted lines around your text now with handles on the corner and a spot in the centre.

Point at the spot in the center and drag the text (hold down your mouse button) to where you want it.

To adjust its size, drag the handles on the corners of the text in or out diagonally.  You can even squeeze your text width-ways a bit if you need to, to make it fit, without reducing the height.  Or stretch it without making it taller.

If you want to make sure your text is Centered horizontally (side to side) click the Objects menu, Align, Horz. Centre in Canvas.


When you are happy with the size and position of your text, convert the layer to a Raster Layer -

Layer menu, Convert to Raster Layer (its near the bottom of the menu).

Add an Inner Bevel 

Effects menu, 3D Effects, Inner Bevel.   Use the settings shown here.


If you want to save these settings as a preset, click the disk button next to the presets pull down list.   

Once it is saved you will be able to choose these settings by selecting the name you've given them from the Presets list.

To see the effect of the bevel on your image, before applying it, click the eye symbol.  Click it again each time you change a setting to see your image with or without the bevel applied.


Add A Drop Shadow

The shadow makes the text really stand out.

Click the Effects menu, 3D Effects, Drop Shadow

Use these settings:

Vertical=2, Horizontal=2, Opacity=50, Blur=6, Colour=Black

This is how the text should look when its finished.

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Making The Frame