Moving and Repositioning Effects

By default, gradients and patterns used in a layer effect have their origin point linked to the document. However, should you need to, you can change it by moving the mouse pointer into the document window and dragging the gradient or pattern to a new position (Figure 7-7).


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Figure 7-7: You can realign the Gradient Overlay effect by dragging the mouse pointer in the document window.

Furthermore, the effects are usually linked to the object's bounding box. This ensures that the applied gradient or pattern moves with the object when it is repositioned. Normally, that is something you would want to happen automatically; however, should you need to move the object independently of the gradient or pattern, you can override the behavior by taking the following steps in the Layer Style dialog box:

■ To unleash Gradient Overlay, select the effect and then deselect the Align with Layer option.

■ To unleash Texture and Pattern Overlay, select the effect and then deselect the Link with Layer option.

The object can then be moved while the effect remains rooted in its origin.

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