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So I'm working on producing some print quality graphics for some Lexan panels that belong on an arcade machine - for both flair and customization - as well as replacing the original panels as they break (Acrylic stock panels)... Problem is I'm kind of a noob when it comes to photoshop.

The stock graphic on the panel is quite simple, and I took the liberty of correcting some geometric flaws (it was not symmetrical, some other issues) and making a vector of the main body of the graphic:



The above is black on transparent for clarity, the graphic I'm working with in Photoshop is white on transparent (I use a background layer to work with it - though it doesn't matter as I'm modifying the layer itself now)

At any rate - here is what the original graphics look like (It's too low to use for proper printing, and its a scan, and it has terrible artifacting):
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As you can see they used a cleanly tapered gradient to achieve a "gloss" sort of look to the actual frame of the graphic - and then bevelled it evenly all the way around to give it a nice dimensional look. I'd like to somewhat replicate that - though keeping the level of dimension down, and toning down the overall panel graphic - leaning toward something a little more minimalistic - rather than dramatic; For example, something more like these (but not quite so flat and lifeless):

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No matter what settings I try in bevel/emboss layer effects I end up with chiseled looking lines (which is good - if you are going for realistic, it has deep gashes that are uneven all over - as if it were actually chiseled.) Or I end up with a super blurry bevel, which doesn't look as sharp as it should for the desired effect.

The end hope for the PSD file is for it to be usable as both a source for printing the graphic directly - as well as a template for other users to create their own designs as many people now own a cabinet and are starting to run out of places to find parts.

Any advice/assistance would be appreciated!



EDIT:

Here is the jagged chisel look I'm talking about (ignore the texturing and such, I'm just fiddling around with things to see what looks like what.

Edited by Xaero252 - 11/2/13 at 7:33am
    
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