Holy Crap, this thing seemed to take forever! I like the style but I still think there’s something amiss with it.
I used the bevel and emboss filter extensively for this to get the shading and highlights. I did have to fiddle around with the angle of the lighting and such. Then to cover the “seams”, I added a layer on top and using the brush, made the bottom layers blend together.
I’m still getting the hang of shading and this may be the way I’ll stick to from now on. It’s still a lot of work which is why I tend not to do too much shading. I usually get bored/frustrated before I’m finished.
In retrospect, I think I feathered the edges a bit too much so it’s a tad blurrier than I would have liked. I wish I found that out sooner because I’m not about to redo the whole thing. (I tried sharpening it in PS but it went all grainy)
Oh yeah, and if you folks want just the image without the motivational poster part, let me know and I’ll upload it. (I’ve already got 2 images of this picture already and don’t want to flood my gallery with it)