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For the first installment of Photoshop for Designers, Nigel French shows how to create editable, non-destructive effects such as shadows, glows, and bevels with layer effects in Photoshop. The course covers the use of layer effects like Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, and Gradient Overlay, as well as how to combine effects with blending modes, transparency, and textures. With these techniques, designers can finesse type and graphics, control light, warp text, and extrude shapes, creating drama and adding depth to their compositions.
Hi! I'm Nigel French. Welcome to Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects. This course is aimed at helping designers and indeed anyone who uses Photoshop to get the most out of this essential toolset. We begin with an overview of the options related to each of the ten layer effects. Then we'll look at the blending options, including some of those scary and often confusing options like Knockout and Blend If. After the theory, we'll move onto the practice, which as I'm sure you know, isn't always as linear or as clear-cut.
Creating an alphabet poster we'll look at how the different effects can be combined for some great looks. We'll also look at how layer effects can be combined with essential Photoshop features like layer masks, clipping masks, and Smart Objects. We'll use a mix of practical and flashy, effects for every day and effects for special occasions. So let's get started with Photoshop for Designers; Layer Effects.
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