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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 movie is about another rather esoteric option in the Blend Options of the Layer Style dialog box, and specifically it's this one. Blend Clipped Layers as Group. It is the default setting, and I have here three layers that are clipped to this RGB layer. Let me just turn them off so you can see what's happening here. So, here I have this Smart Object which is just these three letters and on top of that I have three clipped layers.
I am going to unclip them by holding down the Option or Alt key and this is what they look like if they are unclipped. They all have a blending mode of Screen so that they interact with each other. So, now when I clip them to this layer, which has Blend Clipped Layers as Group turned on, that is the default setting, they all combine with themselves and then move onto combine with my R layer beneath them.
Let's just see how that would look if I were to uncheck that option. It would look like that. So, Blend Clipped Layers as Group. Probably you want it more than 50% of the time and that's how you change it.
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