(JUST ADDED: See the bottom of this tutorial for a PSD and a layerstyle that works in Photoshop CS6 and CC)
Start with a blank layer and some text, this will work for shapes too.
Right click/Cmd click on the layer name in the layers pallette. Select rasterize layer. Ctrl/Cmd click on the layer thumbnail to select the type.
Create a new blank layer.
Edit>stroke. I added a 6 pixel stroke here. Make the location center.
Ctrl/Cmd click on the layer thumbnail to select the new stroke.
In the layer palette, turn off the bottom layer, you should see the outline now.
Using the gradient tool: foreground to background linear – Black to white. apply a gradient to the selection.
Now apply the stroke again, this time 1 Pixel and set to outside.
To make the gradient look like metal, use our favorate curves trick.
Image>adjust>curves, use a similar curve to what is shown here.
Now display the bottom layer again and fill with a color or a gradient to get this result.
For a little extra depth apply a layer style to the outline, use a dropshadow.
Here is the result.
Another variation is to hide the fill and just use the outline with a dropshadow.
Here is yet another variation. This is just the previous image inverted. Ctrl/Cmd+I Note for this to work, you must flatten the image first.
Here is another variation. Play around with this effect and have fun.
See you in a week with another new tutorial.
Beveled outline text with a Layer style
Here is a newer versions of the effect that I have created with a layer style
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