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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
Select the file layers_style_effects. psd and then double click it to open it up in the Photoshop. I have to go to Full Screen View mode, Spacebar to click and reposition the image by clicking and dragging while you have the Spacebar key pressed. All right, in this movie, we are going to talk about Layer Style Effects and let's say that we are creating a promo card. We have a nice layout, but I really want to define the image a little bit. I want a border around the image. Well, how can I do that? Well, one way would be the click in the layer, so soho_ny_05, then navigate down the fx icon and click on that and this will give you the ability to add a layer style affect. I'll choose Stroke for brush stroke, now due to CS4 is the default brush stroke is no longer red, how great is that, it's black.
Okay, I'll click on this and I'll sample a color from my make that a little bit brighter, that looks nice. Make that a little bit more yellow in it, click OK. Now what I want to do is change the Size of this brush stroke and I want the Position to be Inside, so far, so good. Now, I don't quite like the color. So I'll click on the Color, make it a little bit darker, great, click OK. Next thing I want to do is add a little bit of a drop shadow, so I'm going to click on this Drop Shadow option here and now when I do that, you will notice I have a number of different options for my drop shadow. Now here is a little trick that's kind of fun. If you take that Distance all the way off and then for your brush stroke, go back to brush stroke, take your Color to white make sure there is not hue in it. So I want zero Hue, 100% Brightness there, click OK. You can have this really interesting looking border. In this case, it's a white border with that little grey drop shadow. When I see this I say, you know what, I actually that. I like it better it with the brown color. I just wanted to show you that little trick because it's kind of fun.
So I'm going to go back and sample a color from the image again and I would try to find a color that I think will work with these images pretty well, and I think that might work for me. There we go, nice dark brown. All right, click OK to apply that. Now that I have the drop shadow and I have my brush stroke around the edge of the image, I'll OK to apply that. Now those layer style effect show up underneath the image. Now I can hide those by clicking on this icon here and expand them by clicking on it again. As I look at this, I decide, you know what, that drop shadow is not working for me.
It doesn't make sense with this promo. All I need to do is click on that eye icon to hide the visibility of that particular adjustment. The other thing that I decide is I don't like how thick the border or the brush stroke is around the image. Well, to modify that, double click the word Stroke, it will open up the layer style effect and then I'll make that much smaller and then click OK. All right, well, so far, so good. Promo card is ready to go. Yet I decided I want to print two promo cards. The other promo card I want to print has a photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge, yet, I want to have that same border around it.
Now I could of course, target this layer, click on the layer style effects icon and add it that way. Wouldn't it be nice if there was an easier way? Well, there is. Choose all that I need to do. I'm going to go ahead and hold down the Option key on the Mac/Alt key on a PC and then I'm going to click on the Effects word here and click and drag that to my new layer and check that out. It now copy and pasted that layer style effect on to this layer. I can then see if that I like the drop shadow. I don't. Final thing that I'm going to do is click on this curves adjustment so I can add a little bit of a hue to this particular photograph.
Now when I do that, I decide, the brown doesn't work for me. I wish that brush stroke was black. So again, double click the word Stroke, change this color to Black and click OK and then click OK again. Now if I want to recopy this down the other image, all I need to do is hold down the Option key on a Mac/Alt key on a PC, click and drag that down. Now when I turn off these layers, it reveal that I was able to copy and paste those layer style effects and what was happening there is it was taking that new layers style effects and just replacing those new ones with the old ones. So that they now both have the same layer style effects.
Now before I wrap up this movie, last thing I want to point out is, I'm going to go ahead and double click the word Stroke to open up the layer style effects and I just want to point out that there are a wide range of layer style effects and all that you need to do apply them is to click on their option and then click on the word in order to see the different options for that particular effect and I recommend that you experiment with these because there are some really interesting effects that you can apply to different types of layers.
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