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Layer Effects

Okay, you've got your text formatted just the way you want it—you've typed and kerned and aligned and warped into wildness. Now you can rub your hands together and get ready for a thrill, because it's time to explore the type Styles dialog box (which is ground zero for creating type effects). Why the excitement? Because you'll be able to add a multitude of effects and still be able to edit your text! And because the effects are made by using layer styles, they won't require much memory (they are just simple settings applied to a layer) and should not increase the file size of your image too much. That means you can go crazy creating some great effects such as edge embossing, extruded or indented type, shadows, and beveled type, and you don't have to worry about bloating your file size. There are four ways to access the Layer Style dialog box:

Notes

In order to add a layer style to the Background image, you must first change its name (by double-clicking on it) to convert it into a normal layer.

In previous version of Photoshop, layer styles were known as layer effects and were found under the Layer > Effects menu.



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