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Knowing how and when to scale layer effects

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Video: Knowing how and when to scale layer effects

If you're interested in creating your own layer styles that are much more complex, one of the greatest resources are actually the styles that ship with Photoshop. The problem is, is that these styles aren't loaded by default, so few people know about them. So let's add some text to this image. I'll tap the T key to access the Type tool, and then I'll click in the image area and type in ocean. In order to make this larger, I'll hold down the Cmd key, the Ctrl key on Windows. Start scaling it up and then hold down the Shift key. Once I've got it the size I want, we'll tap Enter or Return in order to commit to that type. I'll tap the V key in order to grab the Move tool, and then just drag this down a bit.

Knowing how and when to scale layer effects

If you're interested in creating your own layer styles that are much more complex, one of the greatest resources are actually the styles that ship with Photoshop. The problem is, is that these styles aren't loaded by default, so few people know about them. So let's add some text to this image. I'll tap the T key to access the Type tool, and then I'll click in the image area and type in ocean. In order to make this larger, I'll hold down the Cmd key, the Ctrl key on Windows. Start scaling it up and then hold down the Shift key. Once I've got it the size I want, we'll tap Enter or Return in order to commit to that type. I'll tap the V key in order to grab the Move tool, and then just drag this down a bit.

Now, if we take a look at the Styles panel, and if your Styles panel isn't showing, you can go into the Window menu, and then select Styles. But you'll notice that there are few default styles, and go ahead and click on some of those styles in order to see what those styles look like on top of our text. There are a ton of additional styles as well. If we use the flyout menu on the Styles panel, you can see all of these different styles that aren't loaded by default. So let's try looking at the KS Styles. I'll select that. And then Photoshop is going to ask me if I should replace the current styles. In this case I'm just going to append them, meaning, I'm going to add this additional group of styles to the styles that I already have. So I'll click Append and now in order to see more styles, I'm going to double-click on the Color panel.

That's going to minimize it. And I'll also double-click on the Layers panel for a moment. Now with the flyout on the Styles panel, I'm going to change the option here to a small list, so we can actually see the names of each of these styles. I want to start by applying the Fire on White style. So that's this one right down here. But when we first apply it, it just looks terrible. Right? And so most people click once and then they just move on and start applying other styles. The problem is is that the styles are dependent on the resolution of the file when they were made. So when the style was made, if it was made on a high-resolution file and you're trying to apply it to a low-resolution file, it might look terrible. So how do we control that? Well, underneath the Layer menu, under Layer Styles, you can see that there's an option to scale the effects. When I select that, I get the Scale Layer Effects dialogue and I'm going to scale this all the way down to like 1% here.

Then as long as I've got the number highlighted, I can use the arrow key in order to slowly scale this up. You can see that we're getting a very, very different effect with the style scaled at such a low percentage. Alright, let's click OK and let's try another one of the styles. There's one over here called Blue Glass 2, which is going to look like a button so I'll select that and then again I'll use the Layer menu > Layer Style and then I'll choose to scale the effects. We'll bring the effect down to one by just tapping the one key. And then we can highlight it and just use the arrow up button on the keyboard in order to start scaling this up.

So you can see, this is a very different effect or a very different style when it's scaled down to 10% on this image. If I open a high res file, I might need to change the amount of scale., Alright, let's click OK. And then let's try one more. It's all the way down at the bottom here and it's called Lightning so we'll select that and then choose Layer and then Layer Style and then Scale Effects. And if this is something that you're going to do, you're going to move through all of the different styles that we ship, I would definitely recommend that you add a keyboard shortcut which will enable you to quickly get to the Scale Effects option.

All right, I'll tap the one key to get down to 1%. Then we'll highlight that and use the up arrow. And you can see that I can get this great little lightning effect going through all of my text. So again, sometimes it's just a matter of playing with the scale for the different layer effects that ship by default with Photoshop. Alright I'm going to click OK and then I'll use the Move tool to just move this down a bit more. We will click on the tab for my Layers panel and on my text layer I'll add a mask.

I'll tap the G key to get a gradient. You can see that I'm dragging my gradient from white to black. White is going to show the information, black is going to hide. I'll make sure that I've got my linear gradient selected. And then I'll click and drag down in the bottom of the text, in order to hide that text, or make that text look like it is going into the ocean. Now if I like the distance of the fade but I just didn't quite get it low enough, you can always click on the Link icon between the layer and the mask, and then you can move these independently.

So now if I tap the V key to get the Move tool, I can actually drag down. Or I can drag up this gradient. So I can really finesse where the gradient goes by just unlinking it from the type. So the type stays put, but I'm only moving the mask. When I'm finished I might want to link those up. And of course we can see right underneath, this is the breakdown of all the different effects that creates this style. So if we wanted to go in here and reverse engineer how this was created, all we need to do is double-click on the effects here.

That brings up the layer style and we can go take a look at the bevel and emboss that was applied. We can look at the inner glow. We can look at the color overlay and the gradient overlay settings. So, what's really easy to start learning how these layer effects were created. Excellent. So, be sure to load up some of those other layer styles to experiment with. Just make sure that you don't abandon them too quickly, because they don't look by default. Adjusting the scale, and tweaking may be one or two of the attributes can make a huge difference.

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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 4m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      25s
    3. Installing Adobe Bridge
      1m 23s
    4. What's new NEW
      1m 26s
  3. 40m 58s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      3m 3s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      6m 0s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      8m 30s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      4m 42s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      4m 39s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      7m 1s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 17s
  4. 27m 23s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      5m 32s
    2. Saving images in collections
      3m 52s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      4m 31s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      3m 7s
    5. Using smart collections
      3m 39s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 50s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 52s
  5. 29m 57s
    1. Comparing raw and JPEG files
      5m 5s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      4m 1s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw user interface
      5m 29s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 18s
    5. Toggling onscreen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings
      4m 44s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 34s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      3m 46s
  6. 56m 7s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool: Door and window with ramp
      3m 42s
    2. Correcting a tilted horizon line with the Straighten tool
      4m 12s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 52s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights UPDATED
      5m 42s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow detail
      4m 36s
    6. Reducing distracting color noise with Noise Reduction
      5m 55s
    7. Correcting lens distortion
      5m 17s
    8. Making perspective corrections to images
      5m 51s
    9. Removing chromatic aberration
      3m 32s
    10. Sharpening details
      7m 23s
    11. Making an average photo great
      6m 5s
  7. 1h 3m
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      5m 39s
    2. Adding a radial gradient
      6m 35s
    3. Making local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush
      11m 19s
    4. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      4m 35s
    5. A quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      7m 49s
    6. Converting to black and white
      3m 17s
    7. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 56s
    8. Selective coloring effects with the Adjustment Brush
      5m 56s
    9. Easy sepia and split-tone effects
      4m 11s
    10. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 27s
    11. Adding vignettes and border effects
      4m 24s
    12. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 27s
  8. 19m 16s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      1m 52s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      4m 22s
    3. Saving and using a library of Camera Raw presets
      5m 47s
    4. Saving multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 36s
    5. Using Image Processor to batch process multiple files
      3m 39s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      3m 9s
    2. Customizing the interface in Photoshop UPDATED
      5m 16s
    3. Managing panels
      5m 1s
    4. Switching and saving workspaces
      3m 45s
    5. Switching tools using the keyboard
      3m 21s
    6. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      6m 34s
  10. 22m 49s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      2m 51s
    2. Arranging documents
      3m 37s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      2m 49s
    4. Panning, zooming, and using the Rotate View tool
      9m 51s
    5. Cycling through the different screen modes
      3m 41s
  11. 26m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 26s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      9m 40s
    4. How big a print can you make with your image?
      2m 58s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      6m 40s
    2. Using crop options
      4m 20s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      3m 52s
    4. Cropping to the perfect print size
      3m 51s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      5m 2s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Canvas Size command
      4m 57s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 21s
    8. Removing keystoning from buildings
      2m 6s
    9. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
    10. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      8m 29s
    11. Nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects UPDATED
      3m 56s
    12. Warping images UPDATED
      4m 48s
    13. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 49s
  13. 41m 55s
    1. Exploring layer basics UPDATED
      13m 25s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers UPDATED
      9m 28s
    3. Organizing layers into layer groups
      8m 47s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      10m 15s
  14. 1h 15m
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      11m 41s
    2. Combining selections
      6m 40s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      7m 40s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge
      7m 12s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 28s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      5m 42s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      9m 9s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      4m 55s
    9. Combining multiple exposures with layer masks
      5m 5s
    10. Making selections with Color Range NEW
      5m 17s
    11. Selecting with Focus Mask NEW
      3m 10s
  15. 42m 5s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 29s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 36s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      7m 32s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      5m 7s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 37s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      1m 56s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      5m 39s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 7s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 32s
    10. Creating traditional darkroom toning effects
      2m 51s
    11. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      3m 49s
    12. Three different ways to add an adjustment layer
      50s
  16. 24m 41s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 49s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      5m 39s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      7m 18s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      5m 55s
  17. 40m 53s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Healing Brush and Patch tools
      10m 21s
    2. A quick technique for smoothing skin and pores
      3m 4s
    3. Making teeth bright and white
      2m 47s
    4. Brightening eyes, to make a person appear more alert
      6m 31s
    5. Taming flyaway hair
      4m 53s
    6. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      1m 53s
    7. Body sculpting with Liquify UPDATED
      5m 6s
    8. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill UPDATED
      6m 18s
  18. 22m 47s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      5m 50s
    2. Combining multiple frames of an action sequence
      6m 21s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      4m 3s
    4. Working with bracketed exposures (HDR)
      6m 33s
  19. 1h 0m
    1. Overview of filters UPDATED
      3m 3s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters UPDATED
      5m 56s
    3. Straightening images using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      5m 28s
    4. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 23s
    5. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      5m 4s
    6. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      7m 7s
    7. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
      7m 22s
    8. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 53s
    9. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs UPDATED
      6m 9s
    10. Using the Spin and Path Blurs NEW
      7m 38s
    11. Applying the Camera Raw filter
      2m 48s
    12. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      4m 11s
  20. 24m 3s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      5m 24s
    2. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      4m 55s
    3. Adding texture with blend modes
      1m 58s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 57s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 49s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      3m 0s
  21. 35m 37s
    1. Exploring character (point) type UPDATED
      11m 58s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      4m 7s
    3. Adding type on a path
      7m 3s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 41s
    5. Warping type
      2m 36s
    6. Defining character and paragraph styles
      6m 12s
  22. 24m 13s
    1. Using the shape tools
      13m 45s
    2. Custom shape layers
      6m 15s
    3. Adding a keyline to an image
      4m 13s
  23. 24m 48s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      8m 57s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using styles
      5m 11s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      4m 46s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      5m 54s
  24. 11m 43s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      4m 29s
    2. Creating PDF presentations
      3m 25s
    3. Saving for the web
      3m 49s
  25. 23m 9s
    1. Working with video clips
      12m 14s
    2. Adding special effects to video files
      5m 56s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      4m 59s
  26. 1m 4s
    1. Next steps
      1m 4s

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