Posts tagged "Layer Styles"

September 18, 2009

Global Lighting – Default Settings

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.

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September 17, 2009

Hide Layer Styles

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).

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September 16, 2009

Copy and Paste Layer Styles to Multiple Layers

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).

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September 15, 2009

Moving and Duplicating Layer Styles

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”).

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September 14, 2009

Displaying Layer Styles

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.

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July 24, 2009

Common Shape Tool Shortcuts

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.

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