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Creating a new style

From: Photoshop CS4 Essential Training

Video: Creating a new style

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.

Creating a new style

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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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 4s
  2. 25m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 25s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      5m 15s
    3. Using tools efficiently
      3m 51s
    4. Arranging panels
      3m 53s
    5. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      2m 50s
    6. Saving a custom workspace
      3m 0s
    7. Changing screen modes
      2m 0s
  3. 19m 3s
    1. Touring the Bridge interface
      6m 31s
    2. Opening images from Bridge
      1m 20s
    3. Reviewing images
      4m 42s
    4. Finding images
      6m 30s
  4. 44m 53s
    1. Setting preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Choosing color settings
      8m 11s
    3. Zooming and panning
      5m 27s
    4. Resizing and image resolution
      3m 17s
    5. Adding to the canvas
      2m 2s
    6. Rotating the canvas
      1m 44s
    7. Choosing color
      4m 49s
    8. Sizing a brush tip
      3m 4s
    9. Undoing and the History panel
      5m 0s
    10. Saving and file formats
      3m 29s
    11. Creating a file from scratch
      3m 27s
  5. 37m 58s
    1. Making geometric selections
      6m 14s
    2. Modifying selections
      4m 43s
    3. Combining selections
      3m 16s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      5m 34s
    5. Refining selection edges
      4m 12s
    6. Using Quick Mask mode
      2m 18s
    7. Selecting with the improved Color Range command
      4m 32s
    8. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    9. Using the Background Eraser tool
      3m 7s
    10. Saving selections
      1m 34s
  6. 39m 56s
    1. Understanding layers
      5m 43s
    2. Creating layers
      5m 12s
    3. Working in the Layers panel
      2m 19s
    4. Locking layers
      4m 17s
    5. Working with multiple layers
      4m 6s
    6. Merging and flattening layers
      3m 55s
    7. Adding a shape layer
      4m 43s
    8. Basic layer masking
      4m 23s
    9. Using layer blend modes and opacity
      5m 18s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Cropping
      3m 26s
    2. Straightening
      3m 17s
    3. Transforming
      4m 42s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    5. Using Content-Aware Scaling
      5m 6s
  8. 1h 10m
    1. Reading histograms
      4m 21s
    2. Using adjustment layers and the Adjustment panel
      6m 4s
    3. Adjusting tones with Levels
      7m 49s
    4. Limiting adjustments with layer masks
      5m 40s
    5. Using masks in the new Masks panel
      6m 9s
    6. Limiting adjustments by clipping
      3m 6s
    7. Adjusting with Shadow/Highlight
      5m 7s
    8. Adjusting with Curves
      7m 37s
    9. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 42s
    10. Adjusting with Vibrance
      2m 16s
    11. Removing a color cast
      4m 26s
    12. Using the Black & White adjustment layer
      2m 39s
    13. Using the Dodge Burn and Sponge tools
      4m 11s
    14. Reducing noise
      2m 39s
    15. Sharpening
      4m 42s
  9. 38m 0s
    1. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
      5m 17s
    2. Using the Healing Brush tool
      5m 51s
    3. Using the Patch tool
      4m 52s
    4. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      4m 8s
    5. Enhancing eyes
      9m 29s
    6. Changing facial structure
      5m 0s
    7. Softening skin
      3m 23s
  10. 44m 38s
    1. What's a raw image?
      4m 25s
    2. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      7m 35s
    3. Working in the Basic panel
      7m 54s
    4. Working in the Tone Curve panel
      2m 21s
    5. Working in the HSL/Grayscale and Split Toning panels
      3m 46s
    6. Looking at the other Camera Raw panels
      3m 45s
    7. Using the Adjustment Brush tool
      4m 2s
    8. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 56s
    9. Working with multiple files
      6m 54s
  11. 21m 6s
    1. Using the Brushes panel
      8m 30s
    2. Filling with color
      3m 49s
    3. Replacing color
      4m 14s
    4. Using gradients
      4m 33s
  12. 16m 55s
    1. Working with point type
      9m 59s
    2. Working with paragraph type
      3m 17s
    3. Warping text
      3m 39s
  13. 25m 23s
    1. Adding a layer style
      4m 6s
    2. Customizing a layer style
      3m 35s
    3. Copying a layer style
      3m 5s
    4. Creating a new style
      3m 32s
    5. Using Smart Filters
      5m 22s
    6. Working in the Filter Gallery
      5m 43s
  14. 13m 14s
    1. Auto-blending focus
      4m 47s
    2. Creating Photomerge panoramas
      4m 2s
    3. Combining group photos
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 27s
    1. Creating an action
      7m 16s
    2. Batch processing with an action
      6m 36s
    3. Using the Image Processor
      9m 35s
  16. 29m 20s
    1. Printing
      11m 32s
    2. Making a contact sheet from Bridge
      6m 12s
    3. Creating a web gallery from Bridge
      7m 17s
    4. Preparing photos for the web
      4m 19s
  17. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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