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Merging and saving layer styles


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

with Deke McClelland

Video: Merging and saving layer styles

In this movie, I'll show you how to merge multiple styles together. And then I'll show you how to save out your own collection of styles whether you want to move them to a different machine, or a different platform, or share them with another person, or even just back them up. So here I am looking at that play effect that I created a couple of movies back. And you can see if you look at the layers panel that the style comprises three layer effects, bevel and emboss, pattern overlay, and drop shadow, stroke is turned off. But let's say I decide to select a different style.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014)
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014)
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014)
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014)
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014)
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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10h 37m Intermediate Aug 19, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2014

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Photoshop CC One-on-One is back, and this installment teaches you how to build on your basic knowledge and achieve next-level effects with this premiere image-editing program. Industry pro Deke McClelland shows you how to seamlessly move and patch areas of a photo with the Content-Aware toolset; stretch the brightness of a scene with automatic and custom Levels adjustments; create intricate designs with text and shapes; and morph an image with layer effects and transformations. Deke also shares his techniques for sharpening details, whether addressing noise and highlight/shadow clipping or camera shake, and converting a full-color image to black and white. The final chapters show you how to best print and save images for the web, making sure all your hard work pays off in the final output.

Topics include:
  • Performing automatic retouch, scaling, and more with the Content-Aware tools
  • Editing the histogram
  • Customizing a Levels adjustment
  • Making channel-by-channel Levels adjustments
  • Sharpening with the Smart Sharpen, Emboss, and High Pass filters
  • Working with vector-based type
  • Kerning and tracking characters
  • Creating text on a path
  • Drawing and customizing shapes
  • Creating depth, contour, and texture with layer effects
  • Liquifying an image
  • Simulating an infrared photo
  • Adjusting print position, size, and color
  • Creating the perfect JPEG image
  • Downsampling for the web
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Merging and saving layer styles

In this movie, I'll show you how to merge multiple styles together. And then I'll show you how to save out your own collection of styles whether you want to move them to a different machine, or a different platform, or share them with another person, or even just back them up. So here I am looking at that play effect that I created a couple of movies back. And you can see if you look at the layers panel that the style comprises three layer effects, bevel and emboss, pattern overlay, and drop shadow, stroke is turned off. But let's say I decide to select a different style.

For example, I'll go ahead and click on green gradient with stroke, which is included along with the text effects collection that ships along with Photoshop. Notice this time, we just get two styles: stroke is now turned on, and gradient overlay. So in other words, there's no overlap, and if I were to click on that style I created, which is my toy, then you'll see that the stroke effect, because it was turned off, was not even saved. So there is absolutely no overlap between these two styles at all, and yet they go ahead and replace each other. So clicking on a style deletes all effects from a layer and replaces those effects with new ones.

What if you want to combine these effects together. Well in that case you'd go ahead and press the Shift key. And click on a style. And now we've got beveled, embossed stroke, gradient overlay, pattern overlay, and drop shadow. Now incidentally, if there had been any overlay in layer effects, the style that you click on wins. So, if green gradient with stroke had included a bevel and emboss effect, then you will replace the bevel and emboss effect whether you press the Shift key or not. Alright now let's make a few modifications,currently, even though we have both gradient overlay and pattern overlay, gradient overlay is altogether covering up the pattern, because it's set to 100% opacity, and the normal blend mode.

So, go ahead and turn it back on, and then double-click on it. And let's swap out it's blend mode so we get some interaction here. I'll change the blend mode from normal to hue, which allows the saturation and luminance information from the pattern below to show through. So, I'll choose that function and you can see that we get an interesting interaction. Now I want to modify the stroke. Just seems like we're getting awful close to a Christmas effect here, and that's not what I'm looking for. So I'll click on a stroke item, and you can see what's going on is it's a tight gradient there.

So it goes black to red to black again. And the style's set to shape burst so that it traces around the letters. So the first thing I'm going to do, is click on this gradient bar in order to modify the gradient, and I'm going to click very carefully on this black color swatch, because right next to each other, they're only a percentage point away. And you should see a location of 81%, then press Shift+up arrow, in order to scoot that color stop to the right, now click on the red color stop. And then click on this color bar right there in order to bring up the color picker dialog box and just change the hue value, nothing else to 50 degrees and then click OK.

And now press Shift+up arrow for it in order to move it to a location of 90. Now very carefully select this red color stop, so when I say very carefully I mean click on the far right edge of it so you don't get the black color stop. And click on its red bar there and we'll change it to hue value of 50 degrees as well. And then I'll press shift up arrow twice, in order to change the location to 53%. And now click on the black color swatch and I'll press Shift+up arrow twice to change it to a location of 52%.

Now I click OK. The next thing I want to do is back off the size value. Because notice when the size value gets sufficiently large here, we start to get these polygonal transitions. And they're showing up at 20 pixels as well. So I'm going to take that value down to ten pixels there. And then finally I want to drop those blacks out and just keep the yellows. So I'm going to change the blend mode from normal to screen which treats black as invisible and that way the strokes are just sort of sitting out here in space.

Alright now click OK in order to accept that effect. And of course, by all means, we should go ahead and save this a style. I'm out of empty room, actually I do have some, on the right hand side here. So, I'll just go ahead and click there or I can click on the little page icon. And I'll go ahead and call this style Green Toy. And notice that include Layer Blending Options is turned off because again, there aren't any so no reason to save them. And I'll go ahead and click OK to create that new style. Alright, now let's save out the new styles that we've created over the course of these last three movies.

And there's a couple of ways to do that. One is to go up to the Styles Panel Fly-out menu, and choose the Save Styles command. But that's going to save all of the styles, including those Adobe styles as well, and you probably don't want to do that. The alternative is, if you didn't want to save all the Adobe styles, You could delete them all by pressing the Alt key or the Option key on a Mac and clicking on each one of them and notice when you press Alt or Option your cursor changes to a pair of scissors. But, I don't really recommend you do that either. So, here's the best approach. Go to Edit>Presets.

And choose Pre set Manager. This is a, kind of hidden command actually that's very very useful. And what it allows you to do is save any pre sets that you've created across the board as an independent file, so that you can load them up either later or elsewhere. So we've got brushes and swatches and gradients and then next, is styles. I'll go ahead and choose styles. And now I can see all the styles I have currently loaded. And four of them are styles I just got done creating. There's my Chalk, there's also my Toy, and then these last two, Tarnish and then Green toy.

And so lets say that I want to select them and move them together. So I would go ahead and click on my chalk, Shift+click+Toy, and then Ctrl or Cmd+click+Tarnish because its not adjacent to the others. If I Shift+clicked, I'd select a range of these styles and then go ahead and Ctrl+ or Cmd+click on green toy, and what you want to do is just kind of drag them around. I'll drag these guys over to this location, and now all four of them are in a row. And I'll click on the first one and then Shift+Click on the last one in order to select that full range, and now I can just save those selected items as a set.

So I'll click the save set button and I'll call these guys something like my new styles. And that way they're safe and protected and I can come back to them anytime I'd like. Once you finish organizing your styles and saving them, then go ahead and click the done button in order to return to your image. Alright, I'll Shift+Tab away my panels. And that folks is how you merge and save layer styles here inside Photoshop.

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Q: This course was updated on 09/18/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. The updates are concentrated in "The Content-Aware Collection" and "Creating and Formatting Text" chapters, but there are new movies sprinkled throughout the course as well.
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