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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 last of our layer effects is Stroke and there's actually more to this than meets the eye. To begin with, we have the Size and we have the Position. Does the stroke go Outside, Inside, or is it Centered upon the edge of the layer? in which case half the stroke width goes inside and off goes outside. We have the usual Blending Mode and Opacity options. Here is where things get interesting. We can have the stroke be a Color, which is currently, or a Gradient or a Pattern.
When we choose Gradient, we have different styles of gradient that we can apply. All the usual options, Linear through to Diamond, but we have an additional gradient here that we don't see elsewhere, Shape Burst. If I choose Shape Burst, we see that the gradient is going across the stroke itself from inside to outside, as opposed to around the shape of the layer. So that's quite interesting and I have an interesting application of that when we come to do the type poster.
We can change the Angle of this and this Scale, etcetera. Aligned with Layer means that the gradient is going to move with the layer. We also have the option to apply a pattern as a stroke which can sometimes give some rather cheesy and bizarre results, but occasionally might also give you some quite interesting results. And we have the typical options here, Snap to Origin to make that snap to the top-left hand corner of your canvas, Link with Layer, etcetera. So, quite a few options there that relate to Stroke.
I'm going to just put this now back to a solid color. One more that relates to Bevel and Emboss. I touched upon this earlier. One of our Bevel and Emboss options is to work with the Stroke Emboss or rather to emboss the stroke that is applied right here. So without the Stroke turned on, Stroke Emboss has no effect. Apply a stroke and then you have the option of embossing that stroke.
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