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In Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features, author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements in Photoshop CS5 and Bridge CS5 from a photographer's perspective. This course introduces the Mini Bridge, a brand new panel to browse and open images without leaving Photoshop, expanded layer functionality, improved sharpening and noise reduction in Adobe Camera Raw, cleaning up and enhancing photographs with the new Bristle Brush and content-aware tools, and working with the new High Dynamic Range (HDR) toning controls. Exercise files are included with the course.
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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