Photoshop: Bevel and emboss problem

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When I "bevel and emboss" a vector shape, it casts a shadow in the exact opposite direction of what it should given the chosen global light source.   In other words, the shadow is in the same direction as the light source.  This is just wrong.  I've looked at the global light source settings and the shadow settings and can't get it to have the light opposite the shadow.  Basic physics clash.  What am I missing?
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Janet Lehman

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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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You can set shadows in any direction you want. Global light helps to get the light of different styles in the same direction, but if that somehow does not work, then just uncheck that option and set the direction of the light for each style individually.
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BTW, did you perhaps miss the 'Up' and 'Down' radio buttons in Bevel and Emboss? That will flip the effect and so flip the shadows...

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Thank you, Johan, you made me take a lot closer look at layer styles.  My problem was that I had selected "pillow emboss" when the effect I wanted was just plain "emboss".  I still don't understand the reasoning behind the "pillow emboss" light styling.  It just seems backwards to me.