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Okay, if you've been following along in this chapter, then you've learnt how to create and apply layer effects on one layer, and then how to copy those layer effects from layer to layer by Option+ Dragging or Alt+Dragging that little fx icon from the layer that they're on to a layer that they're not on, right? So, just review, Option+Drag or Alt+Drag that fx icon from Dahlia to Tulips, and now this layer looks exactly like the other one, in terms of its layer effects. Okay, that's all well and good, as long as the set of effects you want to use are already in use in the document that you have open.
Well, what if I want to save these choices of effects and give them a name and then apply them to any other document in the future, regardless if I have this specific document open? Well, what we're describing now are styles, and Photoshop actually has that feature. I'm going to go ahead and undo what I just did there, Command+Z or Ctrl+Z. If I take a look at the Styles panel over here on the right - I'm going to click on the word Styles - this is the default set of styles that ship with Photoshop CS5. Now I want to create my own style that captures this white stroke with that particular Drop Shadow setting, so that I can reuse it on this document or any other document.
To do that, I'm going to create a new style by clicking on the layer that has the style applied to it, the collection of effects. I'm going to click the New button in the Styles panel that says Create new style. It says, great, what do you want to call it? I'm going to call it MyBorderEffect. I usually Include both Layer Blending Options and Layer Effects. This just saves all the Opacity settings and Layer Blending settings that I may have chosen as I'm making up that particular style. I'm going to go ahead and click OK. It's now been added to the Styles panel as my own custom style.
It gives me a little generic thumbnail of what that style looks like. If I hover over the little grid there, it gives me a tooltip showing me the name of that particular style, and you can see it's the one I just saved, my border effect. At this point, I can now select these three layers that I want to apply that layer style to, or switch to any other document that I want to apply this layer style to. Select the layers there and then with one click, click on that saved style in the Styles panel and all three of those selected layers get that same style setting, just that easy, okay? Pretty darn cool! One little side effect is it does expand all the fx icons for all those given layers, so you'll just have to quickly go back and re-collapse them, if you don't want it to take up that much screen real estate in the process. Okay.
There you have it, creating and naming your own styles. By the way, these styles are shareable. You can save them out as external files and send them to others, and you can import them into Photoshop and use them as presets. I'll talk about that in the very next video.
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