After adding a layer mask to hide portions of a layer, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if there are any small bits of the layer that have been accidently left behind. In this case, it might be helpful to temporarily add a layer effect such as a bright red stroke ( Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and click the color swatch to choose a vibrant color) . The stroke will now appear around any small areas of the mask that you may need to clean up. When finished, simply remove the layer effect by dragging the “fx” icon on the Layers panel to the Trash icon).
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To hide the text (or any image information on a layer) but keep the layer style effects visible (a drop shadow for example), decrease the Fill amount on the Layers panel. Note: decreasing the Opacity amount will decrease the layer information as well as any Layer Styles applied.
While you can’t change the default style settings that appear in the Layer Styles dialog (although I have to mention how happy I am to see that the default Stroke color is black in PSCS4!), you can set them up the way you prefer, and then save them via the New Style button (on the right of the New Style dialog). You can see these styles in the Layer Style dialog (click the word “Style” in the upper left), and they are easily accessible at all times via the Styles panel.
To change the default Angle and Altitude for the Global Light feature (which several of the styles use), close all documents, then select Layer > Layer Style > Global Light and make your desired changes. These new setting will become your new defaults.
When working with complex layers with multiple layer styles applied, select Layer > Layer Styles > Hide All Effects to speed up performance. This option is also available via Control Mac) / right mouse (Win) -click the “fx” icon on the layer with the style (in the Layers panel).
There are several ways to copy and paste Layer Styles from one layer to another, but my favorite is to copy and paste via the context sensitive menu. Control (Mac) / right mouse (Win) -click the “fx” icon on the layer with the style (in the Layers panel) and select Copy Layer Style from the context sensitive menu. Then, select the layer(s) that need the layer style applied (in the Layers panel) and control (Mac) / right mouse (Win) -click in the layer (to the right of the name area will work just fine) and select Paste Layer Style. Control (Mac) / right mouse (Win) -click the “fx” icon to use the context sensitive menu to delete a layer style (select Clear Layer Style).
To move an effect (Layer Style) to another layer, drag the “fx” icon from one layer to another. Or, click the disclosure icon to reveal the individual effects and drag a single effect (by clicking on the name of the effect) or the entire effect (by dragging the word “Effects”).
To copy an effect (Layer Style) to another layer, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag the “fx” icon from one layer to another. Or, click the disclosure icon to reveal the effects and drag a single effect (by clicking on the name of the effect) or the entire effect (by dragging the word “Effects”).
When layer styles are applied to a layer, the “effects” icon (fx) appears “collapsed” saving room in the Layers panel. To reveal the individual effects, click on the disclosure triangle next to the “fx” icon. To choose to expand/collapse Layer Styles as they’re added, from the Layers panel flyout menu, select Panel Options and choose to/not to Expand New Effects.
Regardless of which Shape tool is selected, (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Line and/or Custom Shape), when creating a shape layer ‘,’ (comma) or ‘.’ (period) goes to previous or next Layer style in the Style Picker (in the Options bar). Adding the Shift key selects the first or last style in the Style Picker.