AFH Beveler FAQ
Frequently-Asked Questions about the AFH Beveler Plug-in Filters
Last revised: November 21, 1997
- First, since the file you downloaded (afhbevel.zip) is
in ZIP format, you'll need an unzipping program such as
WinZip (available from http://www.winzip.com).
- Open the afhbevel.zip file with your unzipping program.
(E.g., double-click on the afhbevel.zip file from
Windows Explorer or File Manager if you have WinZip
- Choose the *.8bf files for the filters you want to
install (e.g., afhbevel.8bf and afhbev2b.8bf). With
WinZip, you do this by Ctrl-clicking on the *.8bf file
names in the listing of the contents of afhbevel.zip.
- Extract the *.8bf files to your Photoshop plug-in
directory (by clicking the Extract button in WinZip).
For Photoshop 3.x, this is typically:
For Photoshop 4.x, this is typically:
With Photoshop 4.x, you can also place plug-ins in a
subdirectory of the \plugins directory to help keep the
various plug-ins sorted out. We suggest placing the
AFH plug-in filters in:
- Start Photoshop (re-start it if it was already open),
and open an image in RGB mode (the AFH filters will
not operate on non-RGB images).
- Under the Photoshop Filter menu, you should see a
submenu "AFH". In this submenu, you should see the
names of the installed AFH filters (e.g., "AFH Beveler x.x...").
- If you *don't* see the AFH filters in the menu, it probably
means that your system is missing a file called msvcrt10.dll.
Normally this file is installed when Photoshop is installed,
but sometimes Photoshop 4 does *not* install this file.
Don't panic! We've included a copy of msvcrt10.dll in the
afhbevel.zip file. Simply use WinZip to extract msvcrt10.dll
to your Windows system directory (typically
c:\windows\system), then restart Photoshop, and the AFH
filters should appear. (If the filter names still don't appear,
then double check all the preceding steps; if that fails,
then send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
describing your system configuration and the steps
you have taken so far.)
Sometimes the "AFH" filter names are grayed-out on the Filter menu. Why?
The AFH Beveler filters operate only on RGB mode images.
If your image is in some other mode, such as indexed color for a .GIF file,
use the Image/Mode menu to convert the image temporarily to RGB mode,
apply the AFH filter, then convert the image back to the desired mode
I get an error message "The selected plug-in filter does not support
the current image format" when I try to apply the filter in Paint Shop Pro.
In Paint Shop Pro 4.0, the AFH Beveler filters operate only on color images
with a color depth of 16 million.
If your image has a lower color depth (such as a 256-color .GIF file or
a Grey Scale image), use the Colors/Increase Color Depth menu to increase
the color depth temporarily to 16 Million Colors.
Apply the desired filters, then reduce the color depth back to the desired
amount using the Colors/Decrease Color Depth or Colors/Grey Scale menu
(if necessary) before saving the file in the desired format.
I tried to bevel some type, but it didn't work. Why not?
The AFH Beveler filters (versions 1.x and 2.x) operate only on square or
rectangular selections. To apply a bevel to a circular or arbitrary selection
(such as type), you'll need the AFH Inner Bevel filter, coming soon at this site!
I'm using a Mac! Why aren't the AFH filters available for the Mac?
Sorry. We have nothing against the Mac platform (no flames, please!).
We simply don't have the resources at present to generate Mac versions
of these filters.
If any Mac user is kind enough to regenerate (see next question) and
donate Mac versions of these filters, we will be glad to post them for
download on this site.
How do I compile the AFH filters for other platforms (e.g., Mac)?
In theory, versions for other platforms can be generated using the Adobe
Filter Factory and the sources included in this .zip file.
The AFH beveler plug-in filters are generated with the Adobe Filter Factory
plug-in, which is included as an optional component on the Adobe
Photoshop 3.0 and 4.0 CD-ROMs. We don't have access to a Macintosh
at AFH Systems, so the following description is based on the PC
version of Photoshop, but the instructions for the Mac should be
- First, you will need to locate and manually install Filter Factory
from your Photoshop CD-ROM. On the PC version, the Filter Factory
is located in the folder \Goodies\Plug-ins\Ffactory. In this folder
is a file called Readme.wri that describes how to install Filter
Factory. (I assume the process will be similar on the Mac.)
- Once you have successfully installed Filter Factory in Photoshop,
open it by selecting Filter/Synthetic/Filter Factory... from the
- From the Filter Factory dialog, select "Load..." and open the *.afs
file for the desired AFH filter (e.g., AFHBev2b.afs). This will
load the appropriate Filter Factory formulas and initialize the
values of the slider controls.
- Next, choose "Make..." from the Filter Factory dialog. This will
bring up the "Build Filter" dialog. Unfortunately, the *.afs
source file does NOT initialize the fields in this dialog (and
Adobe provides no way to automatically set these fields from a
source file), so these entries must be recreated manually by
referring to the corresponding PC version of each filter.
In particular, you should set the following fields as indicated:
Title: AFH Beveler 2.0b (for example)
Copyright: Copyright (c) 1996-1997 AFH Systems Group
Author: Alex Hunter
Filename: afhbev2b.8bf (for example)
- Finally, the hardest part is selecting and setting the slider
controls for the filter being regenerated. Again, do this by
referring to the corresponding PC version of the filter. For
example (for the AFH Beveler 2.0b), check the boxes for Control
0 through Control 5, and for Control 7. Do *not* check the
boxes for Control 6, nor for Map 0 through Map 3. Enter the
following labels for Control 0-5 and 7:
Control 0: Top/left black level:
Control 1: Top/left white level:
Control 2: Bot/right black level:
Control 3: Bot/right white level:
Control 4: Top/left balance:
Control 5: Bot/right balance:
Control 7: Bevel width:
- Choose "OK" in the Build Filter dialog and Presto! the new
filter (afhbev2b.8bf) should be created in the FFACTORY folder.
Exit from Filter Factory and Photoshop, move the afhbev2b.8bf
file to the desired plug-in folder, restart Photoshop, and
(if all went well) the new filter should now appear in the
filter menu under the "AFH" category.
If we can be of any further assistance in translating these
instructions to the Mac environment,
please let us know.
If you are successful in generating Mac versions of the
AFH filters, we would be very interested in obtaining copies
of them to provide for Mac users on the AFH Photoshop Plug-ins
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