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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design
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Turning layer styles into independent layers


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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

with Justin Seeley

Video: Turning layer styles into independent layers

Even though layer styles are a great way to add flexible effects to our artwork inside of Photoshop, occasionally we need to be able to manipulate them beyond the scope of what they're able to do out of the box. In this movie, I'll be exploring how to turn layer styles into their own editable layers so that you can then manipulate them to extend their capabilities. The first thing I'm going to do is select the Rectangle1 in this document that I'm working on. That's the white frame in the background. And I want to explore what layer styles are actually applied to it; in this case it's only a drop shadow.
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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design
4h 56m Appropriate for all Jul 17, 2012 Updated Oct 04, 2013

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Join Justin Seeley as he reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups in Adobe Photoshop. The course covers creating a custom web workspace for maximum efficiency; drawing, coloring, and optimizing web graphics; creating vector shapes and text that scale seamlessly; mastering transparency; building navigation bars and buttons; and speeding up these tasks with the Photoshop automation tools.

Topics include:
  • Customizing a web workspace
  • Decoding the mysteries behind screen size and resolution
  • Coloring web graphics
  • Using layers and layer comps effectively
  • Working with transparency
  • Creating wireframes on a grid
  • Styling text
  • Creating image sprites
  • Optimizing images as JPEG, GIF, or PNG files
  • Integrating with the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Web Design Web Foundations
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Justin Seeley

Turning layer styles into independent layers

Even though layer styles are a great way to add flexible effects to our artwork inside of Photoshop, occasionally we need to be able to manipulate them beyond the scope of what they're able to do out of the box. In this movie, I'll be exploring how to turn layer styles into their own editable layers so that you can then manipulate them to extend their capabilities. The first thing I'm going to do is select the Rectangle1 in this document that I'm working on. That's the white frame in the background. And I want to explore what layer styles are actually applied to it; in this case it's only a drop shadow.

And basically what I want to do is I want to edit this drop shadow so that to sort of droops down in either corner to make it look like this page is sort of curling at the edges. That's impossible to do with the default layer style that I have. But I can turn this into its own layer and achieve the same effect. So, with the layer selected that has the layer style you want to turn into its own layer, go up to the Layer menu, go down to Layer Style, and choose Create Layer. Photoshop might warn you that some aspects of the effects cannot be reproduced with layers, and that's okay. Drop shadows are not one of those cases.

So hit OK and now in your Layers panel, you should see Rectangle1 and also Rectangle1's Drop Shadow. If I select Rectangle1's Drop Shadow, I can then do Command+T or Ctrl+T or Edit > Free Transform to bring up the control handles around that specific effect. Now in my Options bar I can select the Warp button and I can come down and I can just peel down the edge here, and peel down the edge here and tuck up the middle just a little bit.

There we go. If it's too much, you can just drag it back up. I'm exaggerating this just to make it a little bit more obvious. And then I will switch back to Free Transform mode by clicking on the Warp tool again. I may even shrink this in just a little on the sides, and maybe I will shrink it up a little bit. There we go, and I'll hit Enter or Return to commit, and there we go. So now it looks as though the edges of this are actually curling up a little bit, creating some space between the edge and whatever this is sitting on, maybe a desk or a table or something like that.

And I did that simply by taking the default layer style, converting it to its own layer, and applying a little bit of a warp. So you can actually extend the capabilities of these layer styles by doing that each and every time, and doing things you never really thought possible.

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