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Using layer styles


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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Using layer styles

Layer Styles are special effects that are applied to one layer at a time and that affect the entire layer. Many of the Layer Style that comes with Elements adds some dimension to a photo, getting the photo up off the page. Let's see how we can Layer Style to do that on this photo of car.jpg, which you will find in the 11_03-effects subfolder of the Chapter11 Exercise Files folder. If you look in the Layers palette you will see that this photo has a single layer. I want to add an additional layer to it that is filled with white and that is bigger then the car photo. That will make the car photo look like it has a white frame around it. Once I have done that, I'll be able to pop the photo up of the frame. The first step is to create a new layer. To do that here in the Layers palette, I'm going to click the Create New Layer button and that makes Layer 1, which I'm going to rename Frame.
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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
6h 41m Beginner Sep 26, 2008

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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting photos from a camera, scanner, or files
  • Organizing and finding photos with tags, albums, and Smart Collections
  • Using automatic and guided edit tools for common fixes
  • Mastering Full Edit mode for refining, retouching, and photo editing
  • Adding special effects and text
  • Sharing and backing up images on Photoshop.com
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Using layer styles

Layer Styles are special effects that are applied to one layer at a time and that affect the entire layer. Many of the Layer Style that comes with Elements adds some dimension to a photo, getting the photo up off the page. Let's see how we can Layer Style to do that on this photo of car.jpg, which you will find in the 11_03-effects subfolder of the Chapter11 Exercise Files folder. If you look in the Layers palette you will see that this photo has a single layer. I want to add an additional layer to it that is filled with white and that is bigger then the car photo. That will make the car photo look like it has a white frame around it. Once I have done that, I'll be able to pop the photo up of the frame. The first step is to create a new layer. To do that here in the Layers palette, I'm going to click the Create New Layer button and that makes Layer 1, which I'm going to rename Frame.

I'll double-click the layer name and type Frame and then I'll click off. Now I need to drag the frame layer beneath the photo layer, but I can't do that. If I try nothing happens and the reason is that the photo layer is a special layer called Background. When you bring your photos in from your camera they also will usually have a special background layer like this one. What is special about it is that is locked. So I need to unlock it so I can drag the frame layer beneath it. To do that I'm going to double-click the background layer name, that opens the New Layer dialog box then I'll click OK and that changes that background layer to a regular layer named Layer 0 which is not locked. I'm going to rename this layer too and call it Photo.

Now I can click on the frame layer and drag it beneath the photo layer. The next step is to make the frame bigger then the photo. To do that I need to expand the canvas around this photo, I could do that from the Image Resize Canvas Size dialog box that I covered in an earlier movie, but I would like to show you what I think is a better way to make a frame around a photo and that is to select the Crop tool here in the Toolbox and then to drag out the document window by clicking on the bottom right corner of the document window, so that I can see the area around this photo.

Then I'm going to take the Crop tool and drag a crop bounding box as far as it will go all the way around the photo. I'll release my mouse and then I'll come to any of the anchor points on the corners of this bounding box and I'll drag out and I'll do the same on the opposite corner to add a little space around the car and I'm just eyeballing it to try to get it even. I'll add a little extra space on the bottom which is common. When I'm satisfied with that bounding box, I'm going to click the green checkmark and that commits the crop. Now I have a photo surrounded by a gray and white pattern, which represents transparent pixels. I don't want the frame around the photo to be transparent pixels. I want it to be white so I'm going to fill the frame layer. I make sure that the frame layer is selected here in the layers palette and then I go up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and choose Fill Layer.

In the Use menu I'm going to choose white and click OK and that fills that entire frame layer with white so that it looks like there is a white frame around the photo. Now I can add some layer styles to the photo. To do that I'll click the photo layer and I'm going to go up to the Effects palette. If yours is not open like mine is you can click the arrow to the left of Effects and then click the second icon, which shows you layer styles to display, the layer styles that come with Elements. The first category of layer styles is Bevels. To apply any one of these Bevel layer styles I'll just click it and then click Apply and you can see that that bevel is now right here around the photo layer, but not around the frame. That looks pretty good in itself, but there is more. Let us say I want to try a different category of Layer Style. If I added a Layer Style at this point it would not replace the Bevel it would just be cumulative so that there would be multiple layer styles on the photo layer.

I would rather delete this layer style, there is no button to do that so I'll go up to the Edit menu and I'll choose Undo Apply Style. Now and this is important I have to go back and click on the Photo Layer again so that the next style I apply will be on that layer and then I'll go to the Category menu for Layer Styles and I'm going to choose a different category. I'll try an Inner Shadow. Let us see how the low Inner Shadow looks in this photo. I'll select that layer style and then click Apply and that gives a dimensional look almost as if the photo were back behind this white frame. As I mentioned Layer Styles are cumulative. So to add another one I can go up to the Category menu again and lets something else may be Strokes and I'll add a Black Stroke around the photo layer and click Apply.

So now I have a Stroke and an inner Shadow and I think it is looking good I'm going to leave at that. We have only looked at a few of the Layer Styles that are available. There's a lot of choices here and I urge you to explore those. My favorites are the one that add dimension like the Inner Shadow and the Drop Shadow and Bevels and Glows. Try using them to make a photo pop up off a frame as I have shown you how to do here.

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