PixelPerfect #90: License Plate
Bert creates a fancy license plate using paths, text tool and layer effects
Bert adds text to the license plate with the text tool. However, his work is not done. In order to make the plate look realistic, Bert rounds the tips of the text by adding a gaussian blur in an alpha channel and adjusting the levels (image>adjust>levels). He finally fills the selection with color.
To create the illusion of a real license plate, Bert incorporates many layer styles, including drop shadow and bevel emboss. To make the text realistic, Bert also uses the bevel emboss layer style (both inner and outer bevel). As a final touch, Bert adds a highlight to the license plate by drawing a thick white line in a new layer (adjusting the opacity) and clipping it to the overall image.