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Saving layer styles

From: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Saving layer styles

All right friends, I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Yummy, yummy juice.psd, and we are about to create a layer style. Now here's how it works. Each one of these items, Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Bevel and Emboss; each one of them is an independent layer effect. Altogether they represent a layer style that you can save and apply to other layers at your whim. Here is how you do it. So, you have spent like 20-30 minutes assembling this wonderful collection of layer effects that's get you this Yummy, yummy juice, right here.

Saving layer styles

All right friends, I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Yummy, yummy juice.psd, and we are about to create a layer style. Now here's how it works. Each one of these items, Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Bevel and Emboss; each one of them is an independent layer effect. Altogether they represent a layer style that you can save and apply to other layers at your whim. Here is how you do it. So, you have spent like 20-30 minutes assembling this wonderful collection of layer effects that's get you this Yummy, yummy juice, right here.

Now you want to save it off, so you never have to do that work again. Well, what you do is you bring up the Style's palette. So Click on the word Styles here on this Style tab, up here at the top of the screen. If you don't see it, you can go to the Window menu and choose Styles. That will bring up the Style palette. Now notice at the bottom of the Style palette there are three little icons here. This is Trash can icon that allows you to throw styles away. There is this little page icon that allows you to create a new style, and I'll show you different way to do that. But if you Click on Create New Style, it will bring up a dialog box, you type in a name, turn on or off some check boxes, Click OK, and you are done. But I'm going to Click Cancel. I'll show you that in just a second.

Then we have this option right here, this icon that allows you to clear the style. Notice if you Click on Clear Style, everything about this layer is going to go away. So not only the layer effects, but also Screen, Fill, everything. So notice what happens, I Click on Clear Style, and we just get a flat layer of goofy orange and that's it. Notice that it's also, the blend mode is set to Normal, Opacity, 100% Fill, 100% as well. So you might think, why in the world would you ever want to do that? Why you want to take all of your hard work and absolutely totally trash it? And the reason is, let's say you duplicated a layer, and you want to do something different with it, and it's just laden with layer effects and blending options.

Why then you can get rid of them really fast by Clicking on that icon. All right, I'm going to press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac to undo that lunatic maneuver, because I don't want to do that. What I want to do is create a new style, and I'm going to do this in a way I haven't shown you so far. I'm going to bring over my bucket, and notice, my Bucket is talking to me. It's saying, Click to create a new style. If you move your cursor over an empty area inside the Style's palette, then it becomes the bucket, and if you Click with the Bucket, then you bring up the New Style dialog box, just as if you would Click on that little Page icon. So it's just a different way to work. I can't say its any easier actually, it's just different.

All right, I'm going to call this Liquid effect. Notice that I'm not calling it orange liquid. In the past I have, and it might make sense, because there are some orange shadows that are assigned to both the Bevel and Emboss effect, and to the Inner Shadow and Drop Shadow effects. Notice that I'm not calling it orange liquid, which is something I have done in the past. You might think that I should, because after all a lot about these effects are orange. We have some orange shading that is applied by the Drop Shadow effect, and by the Inner Shadow effect, and by the Bevel and Emboss effect. But the majority of the orangeness associated with this layer is imparted by the fact that it is actually orange. If you were to apply this effect to a layer that had a different color going on, as we will in the next exercise, then you would see it's not orange.

Anyway, note the check boxes right here. We have got Include layer effects. Sure, we should definitely include all the layer effects, Include layer blending options. Also on by default. Notice both of these are on by defaults. This check box right here is going to go ahead and Save Screen, and Fill and any other special blending settings. Click OK to accept that. We want to save both of those. Now we might as well also save the effects with the logo layer, because it's got a lot of stuff going on. That Bevel and Emboss effect that's applied to those letters, it's wicked cool; it's really, really good. There's a lot of stuff going on. All you got to do is Double-Click on it in order to learn all about it. But what I want to do is Click on the logo layer, and let's go ahead and save it out as well. Go up, move the cursor into an empty area of the style's palette. You get the little talking bucket; go ahead and Click inside of that area.

Oh, look at he check boxes. Layer effects is turned on, but layer blending options is turned off. That's because there are no special layer blending options; it's just Normal 100, 100. Were there no effects, but a bunch of different blending options, then this would be turned on by default, and this would be turn off by default. So you can just go ahead and save the blending options as a style if you want to, which can be useful sometimes. All right, but we might as well accept what it says, and what I would like to do is say no, no, no; include layer Blending Options which would mean Normal, you would go ahead and reset that layer to Normal, and you would set its Opacity and Fill values to 100 and 100. The problem is, this check box whether on or off, refuses to save any settings that are typical settings. So if the default value for the blend mode if Normal which it is, then it gets ignored by this checkbox. So everything gets ignored essentially by this check box. So turning it on doesn't do us any good. You can experiment with that if you want.

I'll leave it turned on. So we can see in the next exercise it doesn't help us. I'll go ahead and call this, Babbled letters, and I'll Click OK. Now we have two styles. Now something to note about these little two styles. They are Static styles, meaning that there's no way to edit them. If you decide to change your mind about a few settings, you've got to create a new style right there, and throw the old one away. To get rid of a style by the way, you can drag it to the Trash Can if you want to, but the easier thing to do is, press the Alt or Option key, and you get a little pair of scissors, and then you Click, and that will be the demise of that style. Don't do it, I don't think that's an undo-able operation. So you have to be careful on that one.

Also, worth knowing about Styles here is that even though you have saved them to the Styles palette you haven't saved them to the Document. They are not included as members of this image at all, they are just part of Photoshop's Preference settings now. So if you were to crash for example, you would lose these styles. But if you were to quit Photoshop successfully and then restart it, then they would come back up as happy little members of your Preferences, and you can use them inside of other images if you want to. All right, so having said that, in the next exercise I'm going to show you how to apply these styles in a couple of different ways to other layers inside your image. Stay tuned.

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 22m 32s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS4 One-on-One Advanced
      1m 43s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 17s
    3. Resetting the function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 37s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      6m 4s
  2. 2h 43m
    1. Highlights, shadows, and midtones
      49s
    2. Low contrast, bad meter
      5m 57s
    3. Auto tone, contrast, and color
      8m 1s
    4. Cache levels and the Histogram palette
      7m 16s
    5. How the auto commands work
      10m 15s
    6. A first look at Levels
      6m 11s
    7. Target colors and clipping
      9m 6s
    8. Modifying input levels
      9m 44s
    9. Adjusting the gamma value
      7m 34s
    10. Previewing clipping
      7m 17s
    11. The futility of output levels
      4m 56s
    12. Channel-by-channel edits
      11m 54s
    13. When levels fail
      4m 34s
    14. A first look at Curves
      8m 46s
    15. Static Curves layer tricks
      7m 45s
    16. Dynamic Curves layer tricks
      7m 25s
    17. Correcting the composite image
      8m 30s
    18. Neutralizing a color cast
      6m 52s
    19. The Target Adjustment tool in Curves
      8m 29s
    20. Correcting an image in Lab
      10m 7s
    21. The Shadows/Highlights filter
      4m 18s
    22. Radius and tonal width
      8m 11s
  3. 1h 48m
    1. Edge-enhancement tricks
      1m 13s
    2. How sharpening works
      3m 48s
    3. The single-shot sharpeners
      4m 29s
    4. The Unsharp Mask filter
      7m 57s
    5. Understanding the Radius value
      6m 25s
    6. Gauging the best settings
      7m 47s
    7. Previewing how sharpening will print
      3m 37s
    8. Measuring and setting screen resolution
      6m 56s
    9. Tweaking the screen resolution
      4m 28s
    10. Sharpening the luminance data
      8m 23s
    11. USM vs. Smart Sharpen
      4m 23s
    12. Smart Sharpen's Remove settings
      5m 50s
    13. High-resolution sharpening
      6m 16s
    14. When to leave More Accurate off
      3m 48s
    15. When to turn More Accurate on
      4m 23s
    16. The advanced options
      7m 57s
    17. Saving Smart Sharpen settings
      4m 23s
    18. Accounting for camera shake
      7m 7s
    19. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      9m 8s
  4. 2h 16m
    1. Why would you blur?
      1m 8s
    2. Fading after an undo
      3m 27s
    3. The "bell-shaped" Gaussian Blur
      5m 43s
    4. The linear Box Blur
      3m 6s
    5. Add Noise vs. Median
      4m 50s
    6. Despeckle vs. Dust & Scratches
      6m 31s
    7. Smart Blur vs. Surface Blur
      8m 13s
    8. The Motion Blur filter
      4m 33s
    9. Radial Blur's Spin and Zoom variations
      5m 48s
    10. Mixing filtered effects
      3m 56s
    11. The "Captain Kirk in Love" effect
      5m 4s
    12. Diffusing focus with Blur and Overlay
      8m 50s
    13. Simulating Vaseline and film grain
      8m 2s
    14. Filling a layer with a neutral color
      2m 55s
    15. Old-school contrast reduction
      3m 39s
    16. Three steps to diffused focus
      7m 36s
    17. Averaging skin tones
      9m 45s
    18. Addressing the stubborn patches
      5m 26s
    19. Combining Gaussian Blur and Average
      6m 1s
    20. Blurring surface details
      3m 2s
    21. Smoothing blemishes while matching noise
      8m 6s
    22. Reducing digital noise
      8m 47s
    23. Striking a smooth/sharpen compromise
      4m 36s
    24. Smoothing over JPEG artifacts
      7m 38s
  5. 2h 31m
    1. Independent layers of color adjustment
      1m 7s
    2. Undersea color channels
      4m 2s
    3. Inventing a Red channel with Lab
      8m 20s
    4. Mixing color channels
      6m 55s
    5. Making shadows with Levels
      7m 5s
    6. Applying small color adjustments
      6m 0s
    7. Further modifying Levels in Lab
      8m 50s
    8. Creating a dynamic fill layer
      4m 38s
    9. Brushing and blending color
      4m 42s
    10. Working with "found masks"
      7m 31s
    11. Saturation, sharpen, and crop
      8m 9s
    12. Mixing a monochromatic image
      7m 2s
    13. Masking an adjustment layer
      4m 45s
    14. Working with Opacity and blend modes
      3m 39s
    15. Adding a black-and-white adjustment
      5m 53s
    16. The Target Adjustment tool in black and white
      6m 12s
    17. Tinting a monochrome photo
      3m 19s
    18. Introducing Gradient Map
      4m 17s
    19. Adjusting both color and luminance
      5m 44s
    20. Infusing elements with different colors
      6m 22s
    21. Adjustment layers as creative tools
      4m 33s
    22. Inverting and brightening the background
      5m 14s
    23. Blurring live, editable type
      5m 43s
    24. Hue, saturation, and darkness
      6m 51s
    25. Filling type with a color adjustment
      3m 24s
    26. Using one adjustment to modify another
      3m 21s
    27. Breathing color into the title
      3m 38s
    28. The Hue/Saturation humanoid
      3m 44s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Parametric operations
      1m 23s
    2. The power of blend modes
      6m 16s
    3. Changing the Opacity value
      5m 46s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 37s
    5. Meet the blend modes
      6m 4s
    6. Blend mode shortcuts
      7m 8s
    7. Darken, Multiply, and the Burn modes
      6m 33s
    8. Tempering a Burn effect with Fill
      4m 43s
    9. Saving a blended state
      4m 18s
    10. Lighten, Screen, and the Dodge modes
      8m 22s
    11. Linear Burn = Add minus white
      5m 31s
    12. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 52s
    13. Fill Opacity takes priority
      6m 19s
    14. Difference and exclusion
      5m 21s
    15. Using difference for golden highlights
      4m 2s
    16. The composite (HSL) modes
      6m 8s
    17. The brush-only modes: Behind and Clear
      10m 31s
    18. Layer groups and the Pass Through mode
      8m 54s
  7. 1h 53m
    1. It's all about the presentation
      58s
    2. Moving a layer a specific number of pixels
      6m 59s
    3. Adding a pixel mask to a layer
      5m 48s
    4. Editing a layer mask
      7m 19s
    5. Combining layers into a clipping mask
      6m 19s
    6. Introducing the Advanced Blending options
      4m 45s
    7. Using the luminance blending sliders
      7m 26s
    8. Forcing through underlying luminance
      4m 32s
    9. Masking with a path outline
      5m 45s
    10. Refining a mask from the Masks palette
      7m 18s
    11. Creating and modifying a layer group
      3m 29s
    12. Establishing a knockout group
      5m 29s
    13. Fixing last-minute problems
      6m 23s
    14. Introducing layer comps
      6m 40s
    15. Exploring layered states
      6m 43s
    16. Deleting layers and updating comps
      6m 18s
    17. Saving a basic composition
      6m 21s
    18. Assigning and saving appearance attributes
      7m 15s
    19. Layer comps dos and don'ts
      7m 27s
  8. 1h 56m
    1. Type: The great imaging exception
      56s
    2. Establishing default formatting attributes
      4m 5s
    3. Saving formatting attributes as a preset
      8m 5s
    4. Making a point text layer
      6m 18s
    5. Editing size and leading
      6m 44s
    6. Working with vector-based text
      6m 12s
    7. Formatting area text
      4m 16s
    8. Creating a layer of area text
      3m 20s
    9. Resizing the text frame
      4m 34s
    10. Changing the anti-aliasing setting
      3m 58s
    11. Obscure but important formatting options
      6m 31s
    12. Text editing tricks and shortcuts
      8m 44s
    13. Creating a cast shadow
      6m 1s
    14. Blurred shadows and beveled text
      7m 16s
    15. Drawing a path outline
      4m 51s
    16. Creating type on a path
      6m 39s
    17. Flipping text across a circle
      3m 18s
    18. Vertical alignment with baseline shift
      4m 16s
    19. Warping text
      4m 57s
    20. Scaling your text to taste
      3m 33s
    21. Applying a custom warp
      6m 24s
    22. Creating an engraved text effect
      5m 11s
  9. 2h 17m
    1. Bending an image to fit your needs
      53s
    2. Creating a canvas texture
      6m 48s
    3. Masking objects against a white background
      5m 42s
    4. Scaling an image to fit a composition
      8m 9s
    5. Aligning one layer to fit another
      3m 51s
    6. Changing the Image Interpolation
      8m 10s
    7. Merging faces
      5m 32s
    8. Rotating the first clock hand
      7m 17s
    9. Adding hands and pasting styles
      6m 40s
    10. Series duplication in Photoshop
      4m 35s
    11. Masking objects against a black background
      6m 34s
    12. Skews and perspective distortions
      7m 57s
    13. Envelope-style warps
      9m 2s
    14. Old-school distortion filters
      8m 50s
    15. Introducing the Liquify filter
      4m 9s
    16. Reconstructing an image
      6m 55s
    17. Using the Warp tool
      5m 16s
    18. The Pucker and Bloat tools
      5m 53s
    19. Push, Turbulence, and Twirl
      6m 41s
    20. The Freeze and Thaw mask tools
      5m 45s
    21. Saving and loading a mesh file
      3m 59s
    22. Creating and applying a texture layer
      8m 30s
  10. 1h 28m
    1. Effects vs. styles
      1m 11s
    2. Of layer styles and masks
      4m 37s
    3. Everything about drop shadow
      8m 2s
    4. Adding a directional glow
      4m 39s
    5. Colorizing with Color Overlay
      5m 18s
    6. Stroke and fill opacity
      5m 48s
    7. Creating a multicolor Outer Glow
      9m 22s
    8. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      7m 48s
    9. Contour and Texture
      4m 35s
    10. Simulating liquid reflections
      6m 28s
    11. Saving layer styles
      6m 18s
    12. Applying and appending styles
      4m 36s
    13. Saving and swapping style presets
      3m 16s
    14. The five effect helpers
      3m 47s
    15. Blending the effect before the layer
      5m 1s
    16. Colorizing a signature
      3m 30s
    17. Clipping an effect with a mask
      4m 5s
  11. 1h 50m
    1. Welcome to the digital darkroom
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw in the Bridge
      5m 44s
    3. The Camera Raw 5 interface
      4m 39s
    4. Adjusting the white balance
      5m 0s
    5. Finessing and saving changes
      7m 55s
    6. Using the White Balance tool
      2m 43s
    7. Working with the Exposure controls
      7m 34s
    8. Straightening and cropping a raw image
      5m 53s
    9. Applying automatic exposure adjustments
      6m 6s
    10. Exposure warnings
      5m 44s
    11. Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation
      4m 47s
    12. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 33s
    13. Dodging with the Adjustment brush
      9m 24s
    14. Tone Curve adjustments
      6m 54s
    15. Using the Spot Removal tool
      2m 48s
    16. Removing noise and sharpening detail
      4m 5s
    17. Adjusting HSL values
      4m 18s
    18. Adjusting luminance, color by color
      4m 14s
    19. Black and white and split toning
      5m 16s
    20. Camera Raw tips and tricks
      7m 32s
    21. Correcting JPEG and TIFF images
      4m 42s
  12. 57s
    1. Until next time
      57s

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