Creating and Applying Layer Styles

ayer styles are simply compilations of effects—such as drop shadow, stroke, bevel and emboss—that you can apply to layer content when you want to change its appearance.

In the old days, before effects were introduced, you had to use alpha channels, filters, or a combination of both, or you had to resort to third-party plug-ins to change a layer's appearance. Nowadays, all you need to do is select a box to apply a drop shadow, an inner glow, an outer glow, or a bevel and emboss, to name just a few of the popular effects. Having applied the effects, you can then save them collectively as a style and apply them again at the click of a mouse button, saving time, effort, and energy in the process.

After being applied to a layer, a style adjusts automatically to fit layer content when the layer is transformed. For example, you can create a type layer, apply a layer style, transform the type or warp it into any shape, and the effects in the layer style automatically adjust to fit the new shape.

You can create, view, and apply layer styles from three places: the Layer Style dialog box, the Style palette, and the pop-up Style Picker, available from the options bar when you select Shape Layers for a pen or shape tool. This chapter discusses how you can make the most of them to create, save, apply, and organize styles.

y in this chapter

O Creating, saving, and organizing styles

O Applying styles

O Converting styles into layers

O Moving, scaling, and repositioning styles

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