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The "Outer Bevel" feature provides a different sort of 3-D frame effects. It is quite a complex tool with many parameters that interact with one another, but it is also very interactive. There are a number of presets that come with it, but it is fun to play with. In this case we will be putting a frame around a group of mimes on their way to a performance in a Dallas Texas park.


"Canvas Size" menu item.
First we must expand the canvas size to make room for the shadow. Under the "Image" menu, select "Canvas Size".
Change Canvas Size

We are going to put the outer beveled frame all the way around the image, so we need some space in which to do it.

I have a 320 x 249 pixel image and as you can see on the left, I added 40 pixels to make the width 360 and the height 289.

In this case I check the boxes to center the image both horizontally and vertically.

"Outer Bevel" menu item.
"Outer Bevel" is on a sub-menu off the "Effects" -> "3-D Effects" menu.
"Tool Options" - "Brightness"
"Mimes" with border selected.
Select the "Magic Wand" tool, set the "Tool Options" for a "Match mode" of "Brightness", with a "Tolerance" of zero and no "Feather".

Now there is a 20 pixel area of white all around the image.

Click somewhere in the white area to select it.

Like the drop shadow, we invert the selection this time. The selection could also be made with the rectangular Selection marquee.

"Outer Bevel" control window.

This window both complex and interactive. Play with the controls until you get a result you like.

A lot of gloss was not needed with white on white so set the "Shininess" to 32. I wanted a complex frame so I selected the double half-round shape under "Bevel".

"Ambience" sets the overall lightness. I found 10 was about right. "Intensity" sets the level of brightness of the shine, which includes the picture itself. Settings can be saved.

"Mimes" with outer bevel frame.

And here we have the final result.

While it works, I find it the least effective and least interesting of the four effects illustrated here.


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