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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.
Once you've made a layer style from a combination of layer effects and you've customized that layer style, if you like it, you may want to save it, so that you can apply it to layers in other files in the future. You can preserve a layer style so it can be used on more than just this image, by saving it in Styles panel as a new style. The Styles panel is a collection of layer styles and other kinds of special effects. You can see in this image that the photo layer has several effects on it. Let me show you what they are by opening the Layer Style dialog box by double-clicking on the photo layer.
There is a Stroke effect in this style with a deep brown color and a size of five pixels. And then there is an Inner Shadow that I've customized by increasing the Size slider. Those two together are making up the style that you see around the edge of the photo here. I'll click OK, and then with the photo layer selected in the Layers panel, I'm going to go up to the Styles panel. If your Styles panel isn't open, you can open it by going to the Window menu at the top of the screen and choosing Styles.
I'm going to click on the panel menu to the right of the Styles panel and from here I'm going to choose New Style. Another way to do the same thing would have been to click this icon here at the bottom of the Styles panel. In the New Style dialog box I'll give my style a name. I'll call this shadowstroke. I want to be sure that Include Layer Effects is checked, because this style is made up of layer effects and I usually also check Include Layer Blending Options just in case there are any, and I'll click OK. Now if I move my mouse over this last style here in the Styles panel, I see that this is my new shadowstroke style.
If I want to apply that style to another layer in this file or in another file I can select the appropriate layer, in this case the ASPEN type layer, and then click on that new style in the Styles panel. And it adds the style here in the Layers panel to the ASPEN layer and you can see it here in the image. With my Move tool, I'm actually going to move ASPEN up here, where it can now be seen against the sky, because it has the stroke and the shadow around the white text. So that's how to create a new style in Photoshop. But I'm not quite finished because if I replace this entire set of default styles in the Styles panel with one of the others that's available from here in the Styles panel menu, Buttons Styles, Dotted Strokes Styles, and so on, then I'd lose my new addition to the default styles set.
So at this point I'm going to click on Preset Manager to open the Preset Manager which is the place to go to manage features like styles, brushes, gradient, swatches, and so on. I can see my default set of styles here and right here is my new one, the shadowstroke. I'll just click on that and now I have the option to save this set. And that's what I need to do to make this change more or less permanent. I'll click Save Set and I'll call this default plus and I'll save it here in this default location, so that Photoshop knows where to find it.
Then I'll just click Save and I'll click Done and then if I were to replace this set of styles with another and come back to this set of styles, I would always see my new style appended there at the end. So the next time that you make a layer style and you want to save it so that you can apply it to other images in the future, make it into a new style in the Styles panel and then save the entire set with your new style, so that you have access to it in the future.
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