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Adjusting layer style effects on multiple layers at once

From: Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

Video: Adjusting layer style effects on multiple layers at once

We're going to take a look at a small, yet nonetheless really helpful new feature in regards to how we work with Layer Style effects inside of Photoshop CS5. You'll notice that in this layer document, we have three different layers: the background image of the cyclist, and then two different text layers. Let's say that what we want to do is we want to add Layer Style effects to both of these different layers. So, first, we can then click or target into one of these layers, and then we can either click on the fx icon and choose the Layer Style effect, or we can, of course, simply double-click on the layer in order to open up the Layer Style dialog.

Adjusting layer style effects on multiple layers at once

We're going to take a look at a small, yet nonetheless really helpful new feature in regards to how we work with Layer Style effects inside of Photoshop CS5. You'll notice that in this layer document, we have three different layers: the background image of the cyclist, and then two different text layers. Let's say that what we want to do is we want to add Layer Style effects to both of these different layers. So, first, we can then click or target into one of these layers, and then we can either click on the fx icon and choose the Layer Style effect, or we can, of course, simply double-click on the layer in order to open up the Layer Style dialog.

Now here in order to apply one of these effects, all that we need to is click on one of these check boxes here, for example, Drop Shadow. Now you can see that this text field has a nice Drop Shadow on it, kind of separating it from the background. Well, I can also click on another effect, for example, let's say Outer Glow. When I take a look at Outer Glow, I decide, 'You know what? That's just a little bit too strong and too prominent.' Well, to change those settings - click in the word Outer Glow - what I can do is lower the Opacity, so it's a little bit more subtle, and I can also change the overall Spread and Size of that glow.

I can do the same thing with Drop Shadow as well, right? Simply click on Drop Shadow and here we can change the Distance, and the Size and the Spread in order to just affect how this is working here. One of the things that's new to Photoshop CS5 is we can take these settings, and we can say, 'You know what? I really like this amount and this type of Drop Shadow.' I want to make this my default Drop Shadow.' In other words, whenever I apply a Drop Shadow, I wanted to come up with these settings. So, all that we need to do is simply click, Make Default.

Now, you can do this on an effect-by- effect basis. For example, I can go to Outer Glow and make that the default settings as well. We'll go ahead and do so by clicking on Make Default. Now once I've done this, I'll click OK to apply that. What about this other text layer over here? Well again, let's go ahead and click in that layer and then double-click to the right of the layer name and then add a Drop Shadow and also add an Outer Glow. Now here we can see that if we go in a Drop Shadow, it's going to remember the settings that we had previously.

And these settings are going to look a little bit different because the text is smaller, but nonetheless, my now default starting point for my Drop Shadow, and for that matter, the Outer Glow, or whatever effect I have defined as having a new default, is now set to these particular settings. Now if ever you find that these settings aren't good or you don't like them, you can always simply click on Reset to Default, and that will then take this Layer Style effect back to its original default settings.

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Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 51s
    1. Welcome
      2m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
  2. 17m 14s
    1. Introducing PDF watermarking
      2m 9s
    2. Adding a custom watermark to a PDF
      5m 16s
    3. Using the new Export panel
      4m 45s
    4. Improved batch renaming
      3m 9s
    5. Working between Bridge and Photoshop
      1m 55s
  3. 20m 11s
    1. Getting started with Mini Bridge
      4m 17s
    2. Creating a custom Mini Bridge shortcut
      2m 1s
    3. Working with Bridge and Mini Bridge
      2m 18s
    4. Finding and reviewing photos
      4m 15s
    5. Opening documents
      4m 22s
    6. Customizing the position and display
      2m 58s
  4. 16m 54s
    1. Sharpening enhancements
      5m 1s
    2. Reducing noise
      5m 23s
    3. Using Post-Crop Vignetting
      3m 51s
    4. Adding film grain
      2m 39s
  5. 4m 58s
    1. Selecting and modifying a Photoshop workspace
      1m 52s
    2. Creating a custom workspace
      3m 6s
  6. 6m 48s
    1. Adjusting layer style effects on multiple layers at once
      2m 41s
    2. Modifying multiple layers at once
      2m 34s
    3. Dragging content into Photoshop as a Smart Object
      1m 33s
  7. 20m 56s
    1. Making better selections using Smart Radius
      6m 21s
    2. Removing a model from a background
      10m 12s
    3. Changing the colors of a shirt
      4m 23s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Using the new brushes in a photographic workflow
      5m 52s
    2. Getting more efficient with brushes
      1m 54s
  9. 10m 17s
    1. Content-aware spot healing
      3m 17s
    2. Replacing backgrounds with Content-Aware Fill
      4m 19s
    3. Cleaning up multiple elements with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 41s
  10. 4m 24s
    1. Cropping and straightening a photograph
      2m 47s
    2. Auto-straightening a photograph
      1m 37s
  11. 12m 27s
    1. Accessing lens correction
      1m 10s
    2. Automatic lens correction
      2m 24s
    3. Working with the custom lens correction controls
      4m 53s
    4. Customizing lens distortion removal
      2m 12s
    5. Panoramic lens correction
      1m 48s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Toning HDR photographs
      5m 21s
    2. Blending HDR toning for a more subtle effect
      4m 34s
    3. Working with HDR Pro
      4m 52s
    4. Getting creative with HDR Pro
      4m 11s
  13. 20m 43s
    1. Working with the Target Adjustment tool
      2m 26s
    2. Working with the new HUD color picker
      5m 8s
    3. Creating a neutral density gradient
      3m 25s
    4. Changing a photograph to black and white using the LAB action
      3m 15s
    5. Launching Photoshop in 32-bit mode
      3m 1s
    6. New printing settings
      3m 28s
  14. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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