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Lesson 3. Layer Basics > Applying a layer style

Applying a layer style

You can enhance a layer by adding a shadow, glow, bevel, emboss, or other special effect from a collection of automated and editable layer styles. These styles are easy to apply and link directly to the layer you specify.

Applying layer styles

Layer styles are composed of one or more layer effects. You can apply layer styles to layers in any image. Once you apply a layer effect to a layer, you have created a custom layer style composed of that single effect. You can use a layer style either to replace all of the current layer effects applied to a layer, or to add layer effects while preserving the existing layer effects. After you have applied a layer effect, you can customize it. You can also save the resulting layer style for ease of reuse.

Layer styles are composed of a combination of one or more of the following effects:

  • Drop Shadow to add a shadow that falls behind the contents on the layer.

  • Inner Shadow to add a shadow that falls just inside the edges of the layer contents, giving the layer a recessed appearance.

  • Outer Glow and Inner Glow to add glows that emanate from the outside or inside edges of the layer contents.

  • Bevel and Emboss to add various combinations of highlights and shadows to a layer.

  • Satin to apply shading to the interior of a layer that reacts to the shape of the layer, typically creating a satiny finish.

  • Color, Gradient, and Pattern Overlay to overlay a color, gradient, or pattern on a layer.

  • Stroke to outline the object on the current layer using color, a gradient, or a pattern. It is particularly useful on hard-edged shapes such as type.

The preset layer styles in the Styles palette, Styles pop-up palette (Photoshop), and the style libraries are composed of one or more of these layer effects and typically have been customized to create a specific result.

—From Adobe Photoshop 6.0 online Help



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