Posts tagged "Layer Styles"

January 18, 2011

Adding a Color Wash to a Single Layer Using a Layer Style

To add a color wash (or color overlay) to a layer using a Gradient Layer Style, simply select the layer and click the “Add a Layer Style” icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay from the list. (Note: the Layer Style must be applied to a layer, not the Background, to turn the background into a layer, double click the word Background.) In the Layer Style dialog, in the Gradient Overlay area, set the Blend Mode to Color and choose a gradient preset by clicking on the small downward facing triangle to the right of the gradient or create your own (by clicking in the gradient area and using the Gradient Editor). The advantage of using a gradient Layer Style over a Gradient Layer, is that this “effect” can be saved as a style (by clicking the New Style button in the Layer Style dialog) and then applied to any other image with a single click (using the Styles panel).

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July 29, 2010

Applying Layer Effects to Multiple Layers

To apply a Layer Effect (Style) to multiple layers, create the Layer Effect (such as a Stroke, Drop Shadow etc.) and save the Effect as a Style by clicking the “New Style” option in the Layer Style dialog or clicking the “New Style” icon on the Styles panel). Then, in the Layers panel, select multiple layers and click the desired Style in the Styles panel to apply the Style to all selected layers.

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June 2, 2010

Customize the Layer Style’s Defaults

PSCS5 – In order to customize the default Layer Style settings, select Layer > Layer Style (or click the fx icon at the bottom of the Layers panel). In the Layer Style dialog, make the desired changes, and click the Make Default button. If you make changes to the style and want to reset the changes to your custom default, click the Reset to Default button.

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March 5, 2010

Renaming in Panels

If you choose to view your swatches (or styles) as a list, you can double click on the name of the swatch to rename it (this is true for any panel that displays it’s items as lists (Actions, Layer Comps etc.).

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February 9, 2010

Delicate Mask Clean-Up

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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September 22, 2009

Create Transparent Text While Retaining Styles

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.

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September 21, 2009

Setting Default Styles

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.

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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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