Converting Styles into Layers

Because of the nature of layer effects, they do not accept adjustments, filtering or blending. However, you can convert the effects to normal layers, and then they happily accept all the modifications accepted by a normal layer.

To create layers from an applied style, choose Layer ^ Layer Style ^ Create Layers; alternatively, right-click (Windows), Ctrl-click (Mac OS) the f icon in the Layers palette and then choose Create Layers from the contextual menu.

When the new layers are created, they are clipped to the base layer that you applied the style to in order to keep the appearance of the style. You can work on them as they are or release them from the clipping mask by Alt-clicking (Windows), Opt-clicking (Mac OS) the dividing line between the layers.

You can also convert a single effect to a layer. To do so, unfurl the style by clicking the down-pointing triangle next to the f icon; then, turn off the visibility for the layers that you do not want to turn into layers. Right-click (Windows), Ctrl-click (Mac OS) the unfurled effects and choose Create Layer from the contextual menu. The visible effect is turned into a layer and clipped to the base layer.

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