by Julieanne Kost

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January 23, 2013

Selecting Image > Image Size and changing the size of an image will scale the Effect/Styles applied to layers within the image (as long as the Scale Styles option is checked in the Image size dialog box), keeping the Effect/Style in proportion to the layers to which they are applied. However, when using Edit > Free Transform to scale an individual layer that has a Layer Effect/Style applied to it, Photoshop will not scale the Effect/Style. For example, if you apply a stroke of 6 pixels on a layer, using Free transform to scale the image larger or smaller, Photoshop will not change the Effect/ Style – the layer will still have a stroke of 6 pixels applied. To scale the Effect/ Style, do one of the following:

• Note the percentage the layer was scaled using Free Transform and then enter that value in the Layer > Layer Style > Scale Effect dialog box. This is much easier than changing the values in the Layer Style dialog (especially when multiple effects have been applied).

• Or, before using Free transform on the layer with the Style/Effect, convert the layer to a Smart Object and then transform.


  • By Heidi - 9:28 AM on August 19, 2013  

    when scaling using free transform tool, there are 2 percentages, one for the width and one for the height. Which value should I input for Scale Effect?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 11:52 AM on August 29, 2013  

      I’m not sure if I understand correctly, but since most of the effects (such as stroke, dropshadow etc) only have one value for both width and height, there is only one option for scaling effects. If you need them to scale exactly as you scale the layer (and assuming that you are scaling without constraining per portions) you can convert the layer effects/styles to layers and then transform all of the layers.

  • By Kara - 3:00 PM on August 31, 2013  

    How does one convert effects/styles to layers? Would that be, Layer > Layer Style > Create Layers?

    Also, say I have two Layers w/Shapes and I don’t want to Merge them before Scaling and they both have Layer Styles and I want to Scale down the Height and Width by different %’s which % should I choose to enter in the Scale Effect dialog box?

    Is a Smart Object like Flattening an image?

    I have Win 7 Home & Ps Cs6

    thank you in advance for your time and efforts.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 7:43 AM on September 2, 2013  

      Kara, Yes that is how you convert styles to layers. Since most styles and layers only have one value, you have to do this to distort the effect (ie, typically if you add a stroke to something you want the stroke (or drop shadow or outer glow etc.) to be even all around, but in your case you do don’t so you have to convert the effect into layers.

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