Using Layer Style Effects

As you learned in Chapter 5, "Presenting Plans," Chapter 6, "Elevating the Elevation," and Chapter 7, layer style effects are a powerful way to add character to your compositions. Illustrations can also benefit from judicious use of these effects. Let's add texture and shading to the ground plane using pattern and gradient overlays.

1. Press Ctrl+5 to switch to the ObjectID channel. Use the Magic Wand to make a selection; press W and use a Tolerance of 20, with Anti-Aliased and Contiguous checked. Click in the ground area in front of the building.

2. Press Shift+F12 to prepare this selection as a masked layer with your action recorded in the Masking With Channels section.

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