We have been busy adding tutorials to our new support area. This one is very near and dear to my heart. I remember the many hours of tweaking dozens of layers by hand for this kind of effect. The worst part of it was the results from hours of work weren’t nearly as nice as when spending minutes with Eye Candy.
In my own defense, metallic extrusions aren’t the easiest things to make in the first place. But don’t let that intimidate you. Jim put’s you on a fast-track to making realistic machine parts with a fraction of the time and effort that I used to spend making them.