Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video How to create multiple strokes, part of Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects.
- We've seen that there are certain layer effects that you can apply multiple times, and Stroke is one of those. However, there is a limit. You can only apply 10 strokes. What we're looking at uses 30 strokes, and it could easily use more. So, what's the work around? I'm going to come to my beginning file, a layer of type on a layer of solid color. To add the stroke to the type, I'll double-click to the right of the layer name to come to my Layer Style dialogue box.
I'll just reset this to the Default List to start with. All we're going to be using is the Stroke. Now, as I said, we need 10 of them, and we need to increment each one five pixels from the previous one. And we're going to use, for this effect, alternating colors of the background and the type. Probably easiest to do this just by adding all of your strokes in one go. Just clicking on that +. And now, starting with the top one, this is going to be at a white of five pixels, and the color is going to be sampled from the background.
Then come to the second one, and this is going to be 10 pixels. And the third, 15. You get the idea, here. 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50. All right, so now that we've got them the right size, we're going to change the color. The color of the second, and all even ones, will be the color of the type.
So, click on the fourth one, sample the color from the type. Ok, there's our effect. We've run out of strokes. We can go no further here. I'll click ok, but here's the work around. What I'm now going to do, is put the layer into a group, because we can apply effects to groups as well as to layers. To do that, all I need to do is press cmd or ctrl + g, and I now want to copy the effect to the group.
So, I'll hold opt or alt and drag the Effects badge onto the group. If I want more, I'm going to put the group inside a group. So, I'll press cmd + g again, and I'll copy the Effects badge onto the group. And I could continue as many times as I like. All the while, the effect remains completely editable. The type layer, which is now somewhat buried down here, if I can find that, I can select the type and just edit that, and the effect will update in place.
So, the trick is, you make as many instances as you can, in this case 10, and then you put the layer into a group, and you copy the effect to the group. And you can repeat that as many times as you need to.
- Moving, copying, and removing layer effects
- Converting layer effects to layers
- Applying contours
- Creating drop shadows and cast shadows
- Adding glow effects
- Beveling and embossing type
- Creating stroke effects
- Blending layer effects