You can emboss shapes to give them that 3D, raised up look in just a couple of minutes with Photoshop Elements.
Make a simple rectangle or circle look like a button that you'll want to push (or click on).
In this tutorial we focus on creating this effect using PSE 11, 12, and 13 because they all have the same interface.
Watch the video below to see exactly how to emboss shapes and then try it yourself.
Just follow the steps below the video . . .
Go up to the File Menu and choose New>Blank File....
The New dialog box will appear. I just clicked OK to close the box and accept the settings in the box.
Your new document appears in the Active Image Area. It looks like a big white rectangle.
Go up to the Edit Menu and choose Fill Layer....
The Fill Layer dialog box will appear. Click on the "Use" field and choose "Color..." from the list.
The Color Picker dialog box will appear.
If you don't have a specific "recipe" or "hex #" to fill-in the Color Picker, then click on the general Hue that you want in the Vertical Color Bar, and then find a Tint of that Hue in the Big Color Square.
Once you're happy with a color, click OK to close the Color Picker and commit to the change.
Then click OK in the Fill Layer dialog box to close the box and accept the changes.
The entire document is now filled with the color you chose from the Color Picker.
Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool or the Elliptical Marquee Tool to make a round or rectangular Selection by clicking-and-dragging diagonally.
You can constrain the shapes to a perfect square or circle by holding down the shift key as you drag.
Press Command-J on a Mac or Control-J on a PC to put the Selected area on its own Layer above the Background Layer.
Click on the Eye for the Background Layer to hide its visibility. The red diagonal line over the Eye indicates that its visibility is off.
Click on the Effects icon located in the lower-right of your Photoshop Elements window.
The "Effects" panel will appear along the right side of your window. There's 3 tabs to choose from at the top of the panel: Effects, Filters, and Styles.
Click on the Styles tab to make it active and make sure that Bevels is showing in the top field.
Double-click on the Bevel named "Simple Inner" to apply it to the active Layer.
Now click on the Layers icon located in the lower-right corner of your PS Elements window to make the Layers Panel visible on the right side of your window.
In the Layers Panel, double-click on the "FX" letters on the right side of Layer 1.
The "Style Settings" dialog box will appear. Adjust the size of the Bevel by moving the slider to the left to make it smaller or to the right to make it larger.
Once you like the way it looks click OK to close the dialog box and accept the settings.
Now just crop it down if you want and save it.
That completes this tutorial on how to emboss shapes with Photoshop Elements.