Modifying layer effects with contours (Photoshop)

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You can use contours to shape the appearance of an effect over a given range in the Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Inner Glow, Outer Glow, Bevel and Emboss, and Satin effects when creating custom layer styles. For example, a Linear contour on a Drop Shadow causes the opacity to drop off in a linear transition while a Custom contour can be used to create a unique shadow transition. Custom contours created in Photoshop can be used in ImageReady.

You can select, reset, delete, or change the preview of contours in the contour pop-up palette and Preset Manager. For more information, see "Using pop-up palettes" on page 31 and "Managing libraries with the Preset Manager (Photoshop)" on page 54.

Detail of Layer Style dialog box for Drop Shadow effect:

A. Click to display the Contour Editor dialog box B. Click to display the pop-up palette To create a custom contour:

1 Select the Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Inner Glow, Outer Glow, Bevel and Emboss, Contour, or Satin effect in the Layer Style dialog box. (See "Editing styles" on page 304.)

2 Click the contour thumbnail in the Layer Style dialog box.

3 Click the contour to add points and drag to adjust the contour. Or enter values for Input and Output.

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