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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.
We dig in deep in the Layer Style dialog box and we have now got to this option, Layer Mask Hides Effects and also Vector Mask Hides Effects. It's going to give you the same result depending on whether you're using a layer mask or a vector mask. So, let's say just for kicks that I have this A and I also have this A and what I want to do is I want to use half of one and half of the other. It's a perfectly symmetrical letter. I am just going to divide it down in the middle, so I'll have this one on the left-hand side and this one on the right hand side.
So, all we need to do this is a layer mask, right? So I will just choose my Rectangular Marquee tool or of course a vector mask could also work. And just draw my marquee like that. I didn't draw it very accurately so I am going to Select > Transform Selection and just pull that over so it's going halfway across the A. And then I am going to make that into a layer mask. Now, because I want it to be filled with black, I am going to hold down the Option or Alt key as I click on Add Layer Mask. And there we have the layer mask and we are seeing the other A beneath.
However, there is a problem. Look what's happened to the edges here. If I turn my mask off for a moment, we can see we have got this nice beveling going on but when we add the mask, because the beveling effects on the A copy layer are now conforming to the new layer shape, we are getting edge stuff going on here and here, which is undesirable. So, to the rescue, we turn on Layer Mask Hides Effects.
And exactly the same, but you just do it with a vector mask if you prefer to use a vector mask, as opposed to a layer mask.
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