Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Save and apply layer effects and styles, part of Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: Design.
- [Narrator] Learning the different ways to apply layer styles can make us much more productive when we're applying our layer styles across multiple layers and multiple documents. With the San Francisco layer selected from the effects icon, I'll choose drop shadow in order to add a slight drop shadow to this shape layer. Then I'll click on color overlay, click the color swatch, select a little bit lighter color for my image, and click okay. Now, if this was the default color and blend mode and opacity that I wanted to use every time, I could make this my default by clicking make default.
I can always return back to Photoshop's default by clicking restore to default. If I want to make this color overlay and the drop shadow a style that I can apply to either other layers or other documents, I'll click in the styles area, and then choose new style. I'll give it a name, in this case SFO, and I'll include the layer effects. I could also add this to my current layer. We'll be talking more about storing layer effects and colors and styles in your library in later chapters, so for now I'll leave that unchecked and click okay.
We can see that the layer style has been added in the styles area. When I click okay to apply it, if we go to the window menu and we choose to view our styles, when we scroll to the bottom, there is the style that we just created. Now before we apply that style to multiple layers, you might want to apply the entire style or maybe just part of a style, or maybe you want to move the style to a different layer. If I want to move the entire style, I can click on the word effects and just drag it on top of another layer.
If I want to drag a copy of the effects, I'll hold down the option key and then click the effects and drag it on top of another layer. If only want to drag a part of a style, in this case the color overlay effect, I can hold down the option key and drag that to another layer. If I want the same style applied to all of these layers, I can select all the layers that I want it applied to in the layers panel, and then, from the style panel, simply click on the saved layer style.
Once I have applied the layer style, there's no connection between that style and the style on the layer, meaning that if I double click on color overlay and change the color of this layer style, when I click okay, okay again, we can see that only that layer was updated. The other layers were not updated, nor was the style. If I ever want to clear a layer style, I can right click next to the word effects, and then choose clear layer style.
You'll notice I can also copy and paste layer styles between layers. Finally, if I ever want to collapse or expand all of my layer styles at once, just hold down the option key and then click on the icon to the right of the effects. Because we've saved this into the styles panel, even if I close this document and open up another document tomorrow or next week, that style will be available to apply to any layers. Be sure when you create a layer effect that you like, to save it as a style so that you can use it again later.
Photoshop CC boasts tools and features for making tonal and color adjustments, applying effects and treatments to type and graphics, and distorting, filtering, and layering elements—all while maintaining the highest-quality output. In this course, Julieanne demonstrates how to efficiently perform common design tasks, including editing images, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. Along the way, she shares the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and helps you master features such as layers, filters, blending modes, typography, custom brushes, vector masks, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Working with Smart Objects
- Linked vs. embedded Smart Objects
- Creative transformations and warping
- Essential filters for designers
- Emulating traditional drawing techniques
- Working with shape and fill layers
- Pen tool basics
- Applying layer effects and styles
- Type essentials
- Creative brush techniques
- Working with libraries and artboards
- Exporting files and sharing images