Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a new style, part of Photoshop CS4 Essential Training.
Once you've made a layer style from a combination of layer effects and you've…customized that layer style,…if you like it, you may want to save it, so that you can apply it to layers in…other files in the future.…You can preserve a layer style so it can be used on more than just this image,…by saving it in Styles panel as a new style.…The Styles panel is a collection of layer styles and other kinds of special effects.…You can see in this image that the photo layer has several effects on it.…Let me show you what they are by opening the Layer Style dialog box by…double-clicking on the photo layer.…
There is a Stroke effect in this style with a deep brown color and a size of five pixels.…And then there is an Inner Shadow that I've customized by increasing the Size slider.…Those two together are making up the style that you see around the edge of the photo here.…I'll click OK, and then with the photo layer selected in the Layers panel,…I'm going to go up to the Styles panel.…If your Styles panel isn't open, you can open it by going to the Window menu at…
- Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
- Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
- Working with Adobe Camera Raw
- Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
- Creating Photomerge panoramas
- Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries
Skill Level Beginner
Q: How can artwork be transferred from Photoshop CS4 to Illustrator CS4 without the background?
A: Save the image in Photoshop’s native PSD format. The background in Photoshop must be transparent, meaning there should be no background layer. (To remove a background layer, move your artwork to a separate layer by selecting and copying the content, minus the background, to a new layer, and then delete the background layer. A checkboard pattern behind your image indicates transparent pixels.)
Q: How do I retouch an image I have of an old photograph I scanned?
A: There are a few courses that address image restoration. Check out the Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training course, and for problems dealing specifically with old photographs, watch the Restoration movies in chapter 15 of the Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2. Additionally, learn how to research and date photos with our Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree course.
Q: A client has asked for artwork to be delivered as JPEGs or BMP files in 16-bit format. In Photoshop CS4, there does not appear to be an option to save an image as a 16-bit JPEG. Is there a way to save JPEG files as 16-bit in Photoshop?
A: Unfortunately, JPEGs cannot be saved in 16 bit. JPEGs, by nature, are 8-bit. So if you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS4, you will see no option in any of the save dialog boxes to save the file as a JPEG. You would first have to convert the image to 8 bit (by choosing Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel) and then save it as an 8-bit JPEG. If you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS5, you will see the option to save it as a JPEG in the Save, Save As, and Save for Web dialog boxes. But the JPEG will not be saved as 16-bit. Instead, Photoshop will downsample it to 8-bit for you before saving it as JPEG.
1. The Interface
6. Photo Manipulation
7. Photo Adjustments
8. Photo Retouching
9. Raw Processing in Adobe Camera Raw
12. Special Effects
13. Combining Images
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