To edit a layer style:

1 Do one of the following:

• In the Layers palette, double-click an effect displayed below the layer name. (Click the inverted triangle ^ next to the "f"icon to display the effects contained in the style.)

• (Photoshop) Double-click a layer thumbnail, and select the effect you want to edit on the left side of the dialog box.

2 Set one or more of the following options in the Layer Style dialog box (Photoshop) or the context-sensitive Layer Options/Style palette (ImageReady). The available options depend on the selected effect:

In Photoshop, you can edit multiple effects without closing the Layer Style dialog box. Select an effect on the left side of the dialog box to display an effect's options.

Angle Determines the lighting angle at which the effect is applied to the layer. In Photoshop, you can drag in the document window to adjust the angle of a Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, or Satin effect.

Anti-alias Blends the edge pixels of a contour or gloss contour. Most useful on shadows with a small size and complicated contour.

Blend Mode Determines how the layer style blends with the underlying layers, which may or may not include the active layer. For example, an inner shadow blends with the active layer because the effect is drawn on top of that layer, but a drop shadow blends only with the layers beneath the active layer. In most cases, the default mode for each effect produces the best results. (See "Choosing a blending mode" on page 296.)

Choke Shrinks the boundaries of the matte of an Inner Shadow or Inner Glow prior to blurring.

Color Specifies the color of a shadow, glow, or highlight. You can click the color box and choose a color. (See "Using the Adobe Color Picker" on page 261.)

Contour With solid color glows, contour allows you to create rings of transparency. With gradient filled glows, contour allows you to create variations in the repetition of the gradient color and opacity. With bevel and emboss, contour allows you to sculpt the ridges, valleys, and bumps that are shaded in the embossing process. With shadows, allows you to specify the fade. For more information, see "Modifying layer effects with contours (Photoshop)" on page 307.

Distance Specifies the offset distance for a shadow or satin effect. In Photoshop, you can drag in the document window to adjust the offset distance.

Depth Specifies the depth of a bevel and is a ratio of size. It also specifies the depth of a pattern.

Global Angle Turns on global lighting for the effect. Global lighting applies the same angle to all effects with the Global Angle option selected, giving the appearance of a consistent light source shining on the image. (See "Applying global lighting" on page 308.) Deselect Global Angle to assign a local angle to Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, and Bevel effects.

Gloss Contour Creates a glossy, metal-like appearance and is applied after shading a bevel or emboss.

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