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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, updated for CS5, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Very shortly I'm going to show you how to add a texture to a Bevel and Emboss Effect, but first I want to show you what that's going to look like, and so I've created a handful of layer styles that you can apply. And layer styles is a collection of layer effects, not only the specific effects that are applied to a given layer but also each and every setting that makes up those effects so that you can replicate a complex collection of layer effects at the click of a single icon. It's actually pretty amazing, and you can save off layer styles that you can then transfer to a different machine, to a different platform, to a newer version of Photoshop if you like, if you're upgrading, for example, or you can hand them off to other users.
So it's a great way to keep track of the work that you've done in the past. So here I am working inside that same Box of bugs.psd file, and I've made a couple of modifications to the Bevel and Emboss Effect here. I've increased the size, and I've also added in edge contour so that we have a bit of stair stepping that's tracing around each and every one of these letters. And I saved off these changes as a style. So if you'd like to see them, go up to the Window menu and choose the Styles command, and that will bring up the Styles panel here and everything from this No style whatsoever icon here down to this guy, 1 Px stroke 100% Fill Opacity, all of those are the styles that ship along with Photoshop.
Now you've others by the way, these are the libraries like usual that you can choose from. You click on the Styles panel flyout menu and you choose one of these libraries down here. So, for example,, I could load up Text Effects, and then Photoshop would ask me, hey! Do you want to go ahead and Replace all the existing styles right here or do you want to Append them? Well, the thing about Photoshop in general is that all of its predefined whatevers, whether we're talking about gradients or patterns or styles or what have you, they are all duplicated elsewhere inside of these libraries.
So you can choose to Append if you want to, but you're going to get duplicates if you do that. You are not any worse off if you just say, yeah, I will wipe everything out. Click OK, and you'll go ahead and just replace all the styles that are in there right now. And in my case it's going to ask me, hey! Do you want to save the changes to the current styles before replacing them? No, I don't. Because I have made some changes, and I'll explain what's going on there in just a moment. But I'm not going to save them because I've already done that in advance, and then I get this wacky collection of styles right there. By the way, if you ever want to reset the styles again, all you have to do, to regain those original predefined styles, is go to the Styles panel flyout menu and choose Reset Styles. That's it.
It's that simple. Anyway, I'm going to try to apply one of these styles, like, for example, this guy right there, Chromed Satin. So notice that completely overrides all the effects I had originally applied to that spiders layer, and as a result I get a very different effect out here inside the image window. And if you want to see how any one of these styles is put together, just go ahead and apply it, and you can apply these effects fearlessly because it's very easy to get back to previous settings. For example, if I didn't like what I was seeing right here and I wanted to get back to my previous collection of effects, I could just press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac to back step.
Anyway, once you do apply a style, and I'm going to press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z to reapply it here, then you can check out the settings by double-clicking on any one of these layer effects and then perusing the settings here inside of the layer Style dialog box. Now one of the ones that is applied here that I haven't showed you before, Satin, and so let's check it out really quick. I'm going to turn off Gradient Overlay for a minute and then click on Satin, and notice we have a something of a satin looking effect here. Let's go ahead and get rid of it for a seconds so you can see what's going on. I'm going to change the Distance value to 10 and the Size value to 10 so that we have just a little bit of edge tracing going on here.
And that's the way Satin works. It just goes ahead and applies a little bit of a contoured edge, and in this case it's set to Gaussian, so we have a slow drop off of opacity at the beginning, rapid in the middle and very slow at the end as well. Notice here you can see what this looks like a little better. If you start dragging inside of the image window like so, and you'll notice that we're just creating these blocky edges basically in both directions. So it's a little bit like a bidirectional inner shadow that has a sharper edge associated with it, and notice that you change the Distance and Angle values as you drag here inside the Image window and pretty soon you're going to end up with this kind of checkerboard pattern.
You may end up getting something more interesting if you switch your Contour to one of these guys either Ring or Ring - Double both of them actually work pretty well for Satin effects. I'm going to go ahead and assign Ring here, and notice now it get this kind of op art double-edge effect going, and then if you want it to look more satiny because so far it doesn't look the least bit satiny, then go ahead and increase the Size value like so, and then the effect starts falling apart, because basically what you're doing is you're blurring the effect. And having made some changes to my own there, I can turn the Gradient Overlay effect back on, which imparts that chrome gradient which is one of the predefined gradients inside of Photoshop, and then I click OK in order to apply my modification.
Now let's say you want to save that off as your own custom layer style. Well move your cursor into the Styles panel and notice if your cursor appears over one of the existing styles then it's a little finger, and you can click on that style to apply it and in this case, we supposedly get Wood, although I don't think that looks anything like Wood. Given that we're looking at some real wood in the background, I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac to undo that, or If you move your cursor over an empty area inside the Styles panel you get a little paint bucket and then you click in order to create your new style.
If you can't see any empty area down here, you just click on the little Page icon, and that brings up that very same dialog box, and then you would enter a Name for your style like so, and you have the option of Including the layer Effects. Well, I would certainly hope you would do so although you don't have to do. You can just Include the Blending Options if you want to, but if you Include layer Effects you'll include all of these items with the eyeballs under the word Effects right there. And you also have the option of including the layer Blending Options which means you'll save off your Blend mode.
These are the settings that are assigned to the layer itself, the Blend mode, the Opacity value, Fill Opacity and any other settings that you've established inside that Blending Options panel in the Layer Styles dialog box. Typically, I go ahead and turn on both check boxes, by the way, and then click OK. All right, well, I am not going to do that. That is how you create a style. More importantly, how do you save off styles to disk? Because this just saves styles off to your Preference settings. How do you actually save a file full of layer styles and how do you load them up, so that you can transfer layer styles back and forth. and how do you mix and match layer styles? I'll explain all of that in the next exercise.
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