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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.
This is a very easy effect: combining the Range and Jitter controls applied to an Inner Glow to get this sort of static Iinterference. Here's our starting point. I am going to go to the Layer Style dialog dialog box and I am going to take the Fill Opacity down to 0. Then I'm going to go to my Inner Glow and I want to change the color of the Inner Glow to not be a solid color, but to be a gradient. In order for the Jitter to work, it has to combine with the gradient applied to the Inner Glow.
So I am going to click on that and we'll use a black to white gradient. Having done that, I can now whack up the Jitter. And it's going to give me some fuzzy edges, which is interesting out to a point, but not really what I want. And I won't get what I want until I make the Source, Center. And then I am going to soften that by increasing the size. Now what I want to avoid are the edges. I don't want any edges. Although the edges don't look bad, but I just don't want them.
So to remove the edges, I am going to increase the Range so that contour curve is applied beyond the range of the actual letter shape. And when I bring that up to 100%, we see those edges fall away. And maybe just to increase the intensity of the effect, I'll put the Opacity up to 100 and change the blend mode to Linear Dodge. And that's all there is to it.
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