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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.
Pattern Overlay allows you to apply a pattern to the opaque pixels of your layout. By default the blend mode is Normal and the Opacity 100%. And I'm going to choose from one of my predefined patterns. Be aware that you can also make your own custom patterns and apply those. And in the later movie we will be doing that, but for now I'm just going to use one of the predefined patterns. At the moment I have only these two, neither which are particularly what I am after. So I'm going to go and add some of the other preset patterns that come with Photoshop.
I'm going to add the Artistic Surfaces presets and I'll choose to append those and then just fairly randomly choose one of these. Okay, let's say I like that. This option here, Create a new preset from the current pattern, is only relevant if you'll opening up a document that has a pattern that is not in your pattern presets and you can edit this way. If I click on this right now, it's going to tell me that it's already in the presets. If I click on Snap to Origin, it will snap the pattern to the top left-hand corner of my canvas.
I can scale the pattern. Be aware that once you get above 100% you are upsampling the pattern and it might look a bit blurry as a consequence. Link with Layer, with that checked as I move the object around, the pattern moves with it. To combine the pattern with any other effects or with the existing color of the layer, choose a blend mode other than Normal and/or an Opacity of less than 100%. So those are the options that relate to working with Pattern Overlay, which can be very effective when combined with other layer effects.
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