Exploring the Layer Style menu

In addition to the pop-up menu at the bottom of the Layers palette (refer to Figure 12-2), you can apply layer effects through the LayerOLayer Style menu. As you can see in Figure 12-5, a few more commands are on that menu than in the list of effects that you find at the bottom of the Layers palette.

The ten items in the Layer Style menu below Blending Options are the actual layer effects. A check mark to the left of the effect indicates that it's currently applied to the active layer. The Copy Layer Style and Paste Layer Style commands come in handy, but if you're more mouse-oriented than menu-oriented, you'll find it easier to add the style to the Styles palette and click the style to apply it to other layers. Clear Layer Style is the equivalent of using the left-most button at the bottom of the Styles palette — it removes all layer effects from the target layer. The four commands at the bottom of the menu are worthy

, ,..., - | .. .- Figure 12-5:You can use the Layer Style menu of a little special attention:

to apply layer effects and more.

I Global Light: A number of layer effects are applied at an angle. Drop shadows, for example, simulate light coming from a specific angle (which, of course, determines where in your artwork that shadow falls). You use the Global Light command to set the default angle at which your effects are applied. Generally speaking, you want the angle to be consistent from effect to effect and from

layer to layer in your artwork. There are exceptions, however, such as the situation shown in Figure 12-6. In that artwork, the two type layers have shadows receding at different angles to simulate a light source positioned immediately in front of and close to the image. (As you can read in the next section of this chapter, when you use layer effects that are applied at an angle, you have the option of using/not using the angle in Global Light.)

Figure 12-6: Sometimes shadows in your artwork shouldn't all use the Global Light setting.

i Create Layers: Sometimes you need to edit a layer effect — say, to control where a drop shadow falls on the lower layers in the image. The Create Layers command rasterizes each layer effect (adds it to the image as a separate layer or layers containing pixels). You can then erase portions of the new layers, apply artistic filters, or otherwise customize each effect layer. Remember that after a layer style is rasterized with this command, you can no longer edit it through the Layer Style dialog box, but the original style (if you added it to the Styles palette) is still available.

ii Hide All Effects: You can temporarily hide a layer style with the Hide All Effects command. Alternatively (and more conveniently), you can click the eyeball icon next to the layer style in the Layers palette to hide the effects.

ii Scale Effects: Use the Scale Effects command to uniformly make the layer style larger or smaller.

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