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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
If you're interested in creating your own Layer Styles that are much more complex, one of the greatest resources in Photoshop are the additional styles that ship with Photoshop, but are not loaded by default. So let's add some text to this image in order to check out some of these styles. I'll tap the T key. That gives me the Type tool, click in my image area, and just type in the word Ocean. Holding down the Cmd key, we can make that text a lot larger. Hold down the Shift key in order to make sure that we constrain those proportions.
Click the check mark in order to apply that and tap the V key in order to move this around. All right! So we have our text here, and I'll move to the Styles panel. So there are a number of styles that are loaded by default. But, if we use the fly-out menu, there are additional styles that we can choose from. For example, I can load the KS Styles. I'll append them in order to add the styles to the ones that are already there. Then we'll scroll down. Let's take this style for example. When you first add it, it is just absolutely crazy looking.
Look at all the different effects that it uses. This is a great way to go in and learn what effects cause what results. The problem is that when this style was created, it was created on a different resolution image. So that when we apply it here, it just looks crazy and out-of-control. However, if we go to the Layer menu, and choose Layer Style, and then Scale Effects, if we decrease the percentage here down to like 1%, and then slowly increase it using our Up Arrow key, we can see that this is a completely different style at different scale percentages.
Let's go ahead and try another one. I'll move to this blue style and do the same thing; choose Layer>Layer Style and then Scale Effects. I'll start again at one and then slowly bump up the percentage until I get the desired result. So, as you can see, Photoshop ships with a lot of Layer Effects, but they might not be useful because of the difference in resolution between the time that they were created and saved, and when you apply them to your own file.
But they're an excellent resource, not only because there are so many sets of presets, but also because you can then double-click on any of the effects to see how they were created. So now you know, it's just that one setting, the ability to scale your Layer Styles that can make all of those different presets that ship with Photoshop so much more useful.
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