by Julieanne Kost

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May 1, 2012

In case you didn’t watch the video in yesterday’s post, here are some of the changes made to the Layer Effects/Styles in Photoshop CS6:

• The menu order of the Layer Effects/Styles has changed. Although it might not be obvious at first, they are now in the order in which they are applied to the content in the layer. For example, the Drop Shadow effect is applied (or will be rendered) below all other Effects, the Bevel and Emboss will rendered on top of any other Effects. This should help when visualizing how several effects are going to be applied to the contents of a layer or group.

• Layer Effects/Styles can be applied to Groups. As you can see in the illustration below, the layers on the left have a Stroke effect applied to each layer individually. The layers on the right have the Stroke effect applied to the Group. Applying the Layer Effect/Style to the Group has a different result because the layers are all treated as one (as if they are flattened) before the Layer Effect/Style is applied to the Group.

• Option -click (Mac) | Alt (Win) -click the disclosure triangle on the Layers panel to the right of the “fx” icon to hide/reveal all Layer Effect/Styles in the document.

• Both the Gradient Overlay and Stroke Layer Effects have a “Dither” option. Note: to apply a dither on a Stroke, first change the Fill Type to Gradient.

• There is a new command (Layer > Rasterize > Layer Style) which renders the layer effect into the layer (think of it as merging or flattening the Layer Effect/Style  with the content of the layer).

• If any changes have been made in the Layer Style dialog under the Advanced Blending area, a new Blending Effects icon is displayed on the layer in the Layers panel.


  • By Bojan Živković - 9:19 AM on May 1, 2012  

    Both changes are good especially order of effects, i have one question: can we still create rasterized layers from effects (Create Layers) or that feature is gone once for ever.

  • By Bojan Živković - 9:15 PM on May 1, 2012  

    So probably Create Layers is removed what is mistake in my opinion, rendering directly on layer saves one step and having every effect on separate layer gives more options to modify and create special layer style effect.

  • By Yousaf - 12:00 AM on May 2, 2012  

    Must admit the thing looks like one of those Illuminati symbols lol

  • By barbara - 4:59 PM on September 6, 2012  

    Bojan, I’m with you. Just found — if you right-click on Effects under the layer name, you can choose Create Layers.