This is a
technique that is useful for anything you want to
give a 3-D effect to. The"Golf
Ball" picture was
entirely done with this effect. This tutorial
uses Alpha Channels and the Lighting Effects
filter and is highly adaptable.
demonstration purposes, I will use a plain gray
2. Click on the
Channels pallete and click the New Channel button.
A new channel, #4, will be created and selected.
3. We will paint
on this channel to produce 3-D effects. Paint
with white to make the high areas. White = high,
Black = low. This can be easily inverted, but for
simplicity, we will stay with the normal mode. I
will paint with white on this channel.
4. Click the RGB
channel to get back to the gray background. Now,
to the lighting effects control panel.
Filter>Render>Lighting Effects. Now, the
only change I'm going to make is to change the
Texture Channel setting to #4, the channel we
5. Click OK.
That's the basics of it. You've made a 3-D
looking shape. For more advanced techniques,
continue this tutorial by clicking here
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