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Most people think that layer styles are just for adding simple drop shadows and inner glows, but they're actually much more powerful than that. Let's take a look at what we can do with just a few simple changes to the default. Now in order to add a style to this image I need to convert the background into a layer, so I'll hold down the Option key and double click it. Holding down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows, just bypasses the dialogue box where I can name the layer, so. I'm being a little sloppy right now. If we wanted to rename this layer we certainly could just by double clicking on it, and I will call this grass.
Tap the Enter key or the Return key in order to apply that. Now, in order to add an effect I want to click on the FX icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and let's start off by adding an inner glow to this image. Now by default the inner glow is yellow and I want to change that color. so I'll click in the yellow color swatch there and we'll just move that to white. I'll click OK. Then I also want to make this larger, so I'm going to increase the size here, so that I get a nice edge effect. I can also increase the opacity. If I want it to go to pure white along the edge, go ahead and move that size just a little bit larger.
And I think I want to back off on the opacity, because you can see how it's becoming solid up here. I don't actually like that effect, so we'll back off up here. So that it's a nice gradual blend. Okay, now I want to add a texture over this image. Well, there is a layer style called Pattern Overlay that will enable me to do this. So I'll click on the word Pattern Overlay, but by default we have this very weird kind of bubbly pattern. If we click on the downward pointing arrow here we can see that we have a number of different patterns.
And if I select this last one here, this is going to create a nice textural overlay, so I'll click outside of that box in order to close it. And them I'm going to change the blend mode from normal to multiply, we can see that I have that texture now, overlaid in the entire image. Of course, they're a lot of other patterns that we can chose from. Let's just go back to that downward pointing arrow for a moment. You can use the Gear icon here. In order to add additional textures. So when you have time, be sure to check out the additional textures, especially the texture fill and the texture fill two.
Alright, I'll click again to close that window. And if I need to, I could scale up or scale down the pattern. I could also change the opacity if I thought it was too strong. I'm also going to add a Gradient Overlay or a color wash on top of this image. So I'll click on where it says Gradient Overlay, and I'm going to move this out of the way a bit, just so we can see our image a little bit better. Now in order to add a gradient that doesn't cover up the photograph I need to change the blend mode to Color. And then we can click the downward pointing arrow, and you'll see that there's a number of different gradients here, but I think that we might be better off making our own.
So I'll select this one to start with and then click away from it, but then I'll click inside the gradient area that brings up the gradient editor. I'll scoot that out of the way. And then to change a color stop I'll double click in the purple area here. And instead of purple, I'm going to pick kind of a deeper blue color. Not very saturated, right about there. And then I'll click OK, and then I want to change the orange so I'll double click on that swatch. And I want to select a yellow again, not very saturated. So let's just move that right about to here.
I think it's still a little bit too saturated. Can move this out of the way. I think it's just a little bit too yellow here compared to the blue, we'll move it over a bit more to the left. When I like that, I'll click okay. If I thought I was going to use this gradient again, we could give the gradient a name. I'll call it blue to yellow. And then click New, and you can see that that gradient's been added as one of my presets. I'll click OK, and now let's bring back the layer style dialogue for a moment. If I like all of these effects, and I think that I am going to want to apply them to additional images. I can actually save them out as their own style.
So here at the very top left corner, if I click on styles. We can then select a new style. I'll call this my textured, color wash. I'll include the Layers Effect. We didn't actually do any Layer Blending option. So I can leave that unchecked, and then click OK. We can see that it's added it to my styles here. And in fact, when I click OK, we can also see that it's added it to my Styles Panel. If we just scroll down, there's our new set of effects.
So if I move over to the other image that's open. This image of the rock, and I want to apply that same style to it. I still need to convert the background into a layer, because I can't add a style to a background. But once I hold down the Option key, and double click on this, then because it's a layer and no longer a background, when I click on my Style Option, I can quickly apply all of the those effects with a single click. So there you have it a completely not destructive and re-editable way to add a special effect to your image using Layer Styles in Photoshop.
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