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In this movie, I'm going to show you how to change the default settings for any given layer effect. But, I will warn you up front the your changes are permanent. That is they take effect until, the next time you change the default settings. And the only way to reset the factory default settings, that ship with Photo Shop, is to quit the program. And then restart it, while pressing the control shift and alt keys on the pc or the command shift and option keys on the mac in order to reset the preferences. But I'm not a big fan of the default settings so I see no problem in changing them.
Anyway, it's up to you whether you want to work long with me or not. But let's say that I really like the shadow effects that are associated with the shire layer. I'd go ahead and select it, and then double click on the drop shadow in order to bring up the layers style dialogue box. Now I just want you to note the opacity is 70%, we've got a dark shade of brown here. This distance value is 1 pixel, and the size is 20 pixels. If I want to save those settings, as my drop shadow defaults then I would click on this button here, make default.
And even though nothing seems to have happened, I just modified the default settings for my drop shadow. Now click on inner shadow. I've dialled in a opacity value for 75% here. We have distance choke, and size values of 1030 and 35 respectively, to save them off as my default. I'll once again click the made default button. And then I can just click the cancel button or okay, it doesn't matter because the deed is done. And just to demonstrate, I will click cancel. And then I'll go ahead and switch over to this file.
And now let's say I want to apply those default shadow effects to this craving layer. Then I double click on the drop shadow. Notice the opacity is 100%. We have different distance and size values. As soon as I click Reset to default. I load those default settings I saved just a minute ago. An opacity of 70 percent. A distance of 1, and a size of 20. Now, I'll click on inner shadow. And I'll click reset to default for it as well. And that goes ahead and loads those settings I saved just a moment ago.
Now this time I'll click okay. Because I want to apply those effects to my text. Some other settings you might want to change. I've never been a big fan of that pale yellow, which is assigned by default with the glow effects. To change those drop down to the effects icon and choose outer glow. And we've got a really dinky glow as you can see here. So I'll click inside the signs value and crank it up to 25 pixels. Then I'll click on the pale yellow color swatch Change it to white and click ok.
And now you want to click on make default. Very important that you perform that step in order to change those default settings. Now click on inner glow, and do the same thing. I can't even see the inner glow effect on screen. So I'll take the size value up to 25 pixels to make it more or less visible. Then I'll click on a pale yellow swatch and change it to white and click OK. Then click make default in order to save out those default settings. Finally, I'm going to switch to stroke. And just so I can see the stroke better, I'll click on 100 percent button up here in the options bar in order to zoom into 100 percent.
Then I'll just drag the window over. I don't have to press the space bar. Now, notice that the stroke is rounded at the corners of the letters, and that's because the position is set to Outside. If you want to avoid that rounding, then change it to inside, which is generally, a safer way to work. And notice now, we get these sharp corners. And I really see no reason to start with size of 3 pixels, that seems arbitrary to me. So I'm going to take that value down to 1 pixel and click the Make Default button in order to save out those settings.
And now I can just click Cancel because after all I don't want to apply any of these effects to my text. And just to confirm that I managed to save out those defaults, I'm going to click on the fx icon and choose Outer Glow, sure enough 25 pixels white. Click on Inner Glow, 25 pixels white once again, click on Stroke, Position Inside and Size 1 pixe. And that friends is how you change the default settings associated with any layer effect here inside Photoshop.
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