Whereas the Layer Styles dialog box takes the drudgery out of creating effects, style libraries enable users to save time by making it possible to share the styles. What's more, because of their relatively small size, they are easy to exchange over the Internet.

Furthermore, the styles can be easily modified and resaved as a fresh style. In fact, modifying layer styles that ship with Photoshop and saving them with a different name is a good way to learn how to create your own.

Numerous sites on the Internet offer free and commercial styles. Two good sites at which to begin your search are Adobe Studio Exchange (; a one-time registration is required) and Graphics Software, hosted by Sue Chastain (http://

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