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Layer Styles

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 Layer Style 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:

  • Option-Double-click (Mac) or Alt-Double-click (Windows) any layer name in the Layers palette.

  • Choose one of the options from the Layer > Layer Style menu.

  • Choose one of the options from the Layer Style menu at the bottom of the Layers palette (it's the black circle with the “f” inside).

  • Choose Blending Options from the side menu of the Layers palette.


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