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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.
In the previous movie you saw me create a layer from a layer effect. In this movie, I am going to talk a bit more about why you might want to do that. Here I have a bunch of effects applied to this red ball and I would really like the Gradient Overlay, which is doing that, I'd like that to happen on top of this Inner Glow that's going on down here. But there's no way I can really do that at the moment because the Inner Glow is coming down on top of the Gradient Overlay.
But if l were to come and right-click on the fx badge or Ctrl and click with a single button mouse on a Mac and then choose Create Layers, I will get this warning message, which after you've seen a few times you can feel free to choose Don't show again. It's just warning me that some of the effects might be slightly different in their independent layers. So, what I have now is five layers created from my five different effects. They are all nicely labeled. The Drop Shadow goes beneath the layer itself; everything else goes above it and is clipped to it.
What I can do amongst other things is I can get the sphere's Gradient Fill and then just drag that up to the top like so, so that is now going above the Inner Glow. So that's just one of many times when you might want to separate the individual layer effects onto separate layers. The downside of that is of course they are no longer tied to the layer itself and they also will add to your file size.
Take a look at the document sizes down here. That has increased now that we have all this information on separate image layers.
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