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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.
The Satin layer effect is perhaps the least useful of them all. By default it applies darker shading, creating an offset off the shape itself within the shape. The easiest way to apply is just by moving onto the shape and dragging around. Presumably giving you the affect of crumpled satin, hence its name. We can soften the effect by increasing the Size like so. What it does tend to be useful is when combined with other effects. By itself in isolation it rarely gives a good result.
Something that's true not just of Satin, but also of the other interior effects, Color Overlay, Gradient Overlay, and Pattern Overlay, is that they are applied to the layer before the Inner Shadow, Inner Glow, so that we'll see an Inner Glow for example on top of the Satin. So it's worth bearing that in mind, that these effects will be applied on top of these effects.
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