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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.
This is a really handy production technique more than anything. When we work with layer effects and we combine them with Smart Objects, we can use Color Overlay to change the color of a Smart Object. Here I have a blank canvas and into this I am going to place my Smart Object and I'm going to press Return to accept that. Now we see that we have the Smart Object badge. Now no matter what I do with my Smart Object, I cannot change its color.
See, I've changed my foreground color to red. If I press Alt or Option and my Backspace/Delete, that's not going to work. It's not going to change the color of that Smart Object. But if I were to do this, go to my Layer Style and then come to Color Overlay, I can easily change the color of it right there. Now if I wanted to, I'll just turn that off, you'll see that we have some inner shading on this ampersand. If I want to retain that inner shading then I need to use a blend mode that is going to combine with the existing color. That is going to resolve in a color shift, so it may not be what you want, but you might try using Multiply for example which does keep the existing inner shading on the Smart Object.
So, a handy production technique. Changing the color of a Smart Object using the Color Overlay layer effect.
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