Line Extrusion is a Preset from the Layered Extrusion bundle. As with simple extrusion, you can apply one single extrusion element only. However, this extrusion is not primarily a surface, but individual lines. There are several types of lines to choose from. The preset is suitable for text layers as well as shapes and pixel layers with transparency.
The following graphic is not intended to win a beauty contest, but merely to clearly illustrate the individual modules of this preset. Final results can be found at the end of this article.
- Gap (transparent)
Direction of extrusion
Select the direction of extrusion with the slider. All angles divisible by 45 ° are available. You get the best optical effect usually with diagonal angles (-45 °, -135 °, 45 °, 135 °).
You can define whether the end of the extrusion or the face should be in the original position. In other words, should the original layer (which hides) overlap with the surface or the extrusion.
The following design options are available for the face:
|Use a predefined color or create your own by clicking on the plus icon. To delete your own color, press the ALT key and click on the corresponding color field.
|Use a predefined gradient or create your own by clicking on the plus icon. The gradient angle adjusts to the extrusion direction, if “automatic angle” is active. You can also set the angle manually with the angle controler.
|You can add a contour to faces with color or gradient fill. Stroke size can be set automatically (calculated by layer width) or manually.
|Select an existing layer style from the Dropdown-Menu. You can also define a color for the face on which the layer style will be applied. In order for the styles to adapt the perspective of the extrusion, turn on “adjust global light”. Read more about layer styles in this article from Adobe.
|The face will stay as it is. Recommended for textured layers.
Select an extrusion depth between 1 and 50.
There are 8 different types of lines available for extrusion lines.
You can set the orientation of the lines manually (horizontally, vertically, diagonally down and up) or automatically according to the extrusion direction.
You can define the size of the lines with the scaling slider. To ensure the lines are always consistently sharp, the scaling is set to fixed percentages: 1%, 12%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%, 125% and 150%. You can change the scaling manually by adjusting the pattern in the layer window in Photoshop.
You can choose from 3 color options:
The extrusion is transparent except for the lines. But you can assign a color or gradient to it, allowing you to create interesting structures.
You can add transparent gaps of 1-50 pixels between the face and the extrusion lines.
The outline is a contour that includes both face and extrusion. The same options are available as for the contour.
All settings can be saved as Custom Presets and accessed easily at any time. Read more about Custom Presets in this article.
With this preset you can create, replace and hide. Read more about the Create Button in this article.