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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.
Once layer effects have been applied to a particular layer, those same layer effects can be moved or copied to another layer very easily. One way to do this would be to save the effects that have been applied to this circle, and without the effects it just looks like that, would be to save these effects as a layer style, and to do that if I double-click to the right of the layer name, I can then click on New Style, I can give it a name, and then to apply that same style to the yellow circle, I can come to the Styles panel, come to the bottom of the Styles panel where the style will be listed, and click on it.
That's one way. There is another way. Without bothering to save the layer style, I can just drag the fx badge on to the other layer. That moves the effect. If I wanted to copy it, do exactly the same thing by holding down the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a PC, and that will copy the layer effects. I am going to undo that. Command or Ctrl+Z. Another way to do it and this might be preferable if you want to copy the same effects to more than one layer.
I am going to come to the red circle and just hold down my Alt key or Option key, and drag away from that to create a second one. Now I want to apply the effects that are currently applied to the yellow circle to both red circles, and to do that if I right-click or Ctrl-click on a single button mouse and choose Copy Layer Style and then come to these two layers, hold down the Shift key to select them both, right-click, and then choose Paste Layer Style.
We can also copy and paste layer styles from one document to another. So with that same layer style on my Clipboard, I can come to this document here where I have now an orange circle and I can do exactly the same thing. Right-click to the right of the layer name and choose Paste Layer Style. So, several ways of moving and copying layer effects from one layer to another.
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