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In this movie, I'll introduce you to a different kind of style. As opposed to saving formatting attributes as is the case with paragraph and character styles, these layer styles allow you to save layer effects and blending options. And I'll show you how to access, apply, and create styles in this movie. To get to the Styles panel, go up to the Window menu and choose the Styles command. And you'll see that we have a small collection of styles by default that belonged with Photoshop. And each style is indicated by a little button. Now, if you have a larger screen and you'd like to see bigger buttons, then choose the large thumbnail command.
And that will go ahead and show you big versions of each one of these styles. I don't have a big screen, however, so I'm going to switch back to small thumbnail. And I currently have this play layer selected which is a layer of text and I'm going to go ahead and try out one of these styles such as sunset sky and as soon as you click on it you go ahead and apply at the very least a collection of layer effects as you see here. Now these aren't the only styles that should belong with Photoshop. There're several other libraries and you can get to them by going to the panel's fly out menu and choosing any one of these commands from abstract styles all the way down to web styles.
I'm going to choose text effects, and as soon as I do Photoshop will ask me, hey do you want to append this effects to the existing ones? And if you do that, you're going to have duplicates is part of the problem. And you can always come back to these styles any time you like. So there's really no sense in doing that unless you've created your own styles. Otherwise, just go ahead and click Okay in order to swap the Default styles out for the text styles. And as I say you can always go back to the Defaults by returning to the Flyout menu and choosing Recessed Styles.
Given that these are designed specifically for text, let's check them out here. There's this first one, blue gradient, which applies a pretty garish effect, interesting. And we've got brushed metal, next we have candy, then there's chalk, and there's a good reason I'm running through these by the way, I'm not just trying to waste time here. When I click on chalk, I notice, you know what, this effect has potential but it's tragically ugly. I wonder if I could make it better. Well, that's when you check out the layer effects here inside the Layers panel, and I suspect that this sort of chalky effect, here, is reducing outer glow, so I'll go ahead and click on it.
Sure enough, we've got the blend mode set to Dissolve. Which is responsible for this pixel action here. Yet, we're not using noise at all, which ends up creating a better effect. And so, I'm going to switch the blend mode to Normal. I'm going to increase the opacity to 100%. And then, I'm going to bring on the noise by clicking in that noise value, and then pressing Shift+Up arrow a few times. And ultimately, I decided 30% Looks pretty good. Now let's try switching out the contour for linear. And I think we'll have a softer transition.
And then finally when you set technique to precise, you get very sharp corners out of outer glow. And that's not really the effect I'm looking for either, so I'll go ahead and switch that out for softer, and we end up with what, to my eye, looks like a more chalky effect. So go ahead and click OK. And so what you probably want to do at this point, is go ahead and save off your own style, and you can do so by clicking with this little paint bucket in an empty area of the panel. And if you can't find an empty area, if everything's full up there, then you can click on the little page icon.
Either way, you'll bring up this new style dialog box, and I'll just go ahead and call this my chalk. And you have the option of including the layer effects. I don't see any reason why you wouldn't. And including layer blending options. Notice it's turned off. It's not turned off by default. It's turned off because there are no special blending options associated with this layer, so what's the point of saving them. And I agree with that, so I'll go ahead and click OK. In order to create that new style. Let's check out another one that's pretty fun to modify actually.
It's this guy right there. And it's called toy. And it's ideally suited by the way, for this type. So go ahead and apply it. Now, again it's awfully garish, that's OK because it's supposed to be, you know, kid's toy. But what's with this weird outline thing. Well that's a function of the stroke right there. And you can set strokes to include patterns. As this one does. Notice if I double-click on stroke then I can see that there's been a pattern applied and it's a pattern that I believe doesn't otherwise ship along with Photoshop. So it's good to have because I think it's pretty cool actually.
But I don't want the stroke. So, I'm going to cancel out of here for a moment and just turn stroke off. And I think we end up with a much cleaner effect. Now, I think I'd like to check out what's going on with the pattern. The bevel emboss is just fine, so is the drop shadow. So I'll go ahead and click on Pattern overlay, and I can see that the scale is set to 170%, which means that there's going to be some interpolation. So I'm going to go ahead and take that value down to 100%, like so. Which I think ends up looking pretty darn good. And then I might drag the pattern around inside of the image window in order to move it.
It's a seamless pattern, so you can move it anywhere you want. And then I'll click OK. And again, I have my own custom effect. So I'll click here inside an empty portion of the Styles panel, and I'll go ahead and call this guy my toy, and then, again, I'll include the layer effects. No sense including the blending options because there are none. We'll see an example of that later. And then I'll click OK in order to generate that new style, and we end up creating this effect right here. With relatively little work thanks to the fact that we were able to start with one of Adobe's preset styles and that's how you access, apply and create layer styles here inside Photoshop.
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