I am trying to design an image which looks like this:

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But I ended up with the following image: (edited image)

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I tried adding layer styles as in the below image (Edited image).

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How can I make the second image look deeper, like the first does?

Edited one :

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with this new bevel settings

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3 Answers 3


Change settings of the bevel effect (do not forget its colors' blend mode.) also change the brightness of the wooden texture layer.

  • Thanks for the help. I tried changing the bevel effect as you suggested. But the image is not still as i wished. Please find the edited image in the question. Cant it be done without changing the brightness of the image?
    – G_S
    Aug 31, 2013 at 4:19
  • Your image size larger than example. Layer styles depends to size. Try it in same size. Aug 31, 2013 at 8:59
  • Cant i get the same style if its of larger style?
    – G_S
    Aug 31, 2013 at 9:00
  • You need to increase values of bevel Aug 31, 2013 at 11:06
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    I would be thankful if you try to provide me step by step way to make the image look deeper. I even tried the same with a smaller one but this time i didnt even get that deeper feel. So could you please help me. Check the edited image Ferdi
    – G_S
    Aug 31, 2013 at 11:07

You need to click on the Bevel and Emboss option in your window. You are currently on the Blending Options general tab so you don't see the available options for beveling.

Click on the Bevel and Emboss list item

After you click on Bevel & Emboss you will see options to increase your Depth:

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  • Thanks for the help. I tried increasing the depth as you suggested. But the image is not still as i wished. Please find the edited image in the question.
    – G_S
    Aug 31, 2013 at 4:17

I think the key is that you're doing the Bevel and Emboss a little bit backwards.

To replicate that image, I would instead apply the Bevel and Emboss to a wood panel that has the area "punched out":

Wood with area punched out

We still need something for the backdrop, so I duplicated the original layer and offset it by a few pixels down and to the right (this will help with the depth effect in the finished product)

Both layers

To the top layer, I will apply the Bevel and Emboss (using these settings)

Bevel and Emboss

We're still not fully there, the original image has a lot more depth. There are two final touches to make. The first is to add a drop shadow to the top layer to really bring it out (I used these settings):

Drop shadow applied

The final touch is to darken the bottom/background layer. I used an adjustment layer, but there are of course many ways to do that. Here's what the finished product looks like:

Finished product


comparison image

  • Yeah this is what i want to do.. Thanks JohnB. I will start trying the procedure and will get back if i face any problem in doing it :) Thanks a lot again.
    – G_S
    Aug 31, 2013 at 12:37
  • Would love to give +unlimited upvotes for the help
    – G_S
    Aug 31, 2013 at 14:16

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