Photoshop – Using Layer Effects

drop shadow or inner shadow outer or inner glow
beveling or embossing Editing and removing layer effects

Adobe Photoshop includes a number of automated effects that you can apply to layers, including drop shadows, glows, beveling, and embossing. When you apply a layer effect, an “f” icon (photoshop layer effect) appears to the right of the layer’s name in the Layers palette.

Photoshop – To apply a drop shadow or inner shadow:

drop shadow or inner shadow

Select the layer you want to use.
Choose Layer > Effects > Drop Shadow or Inner Shadow.

Specify the following Options.

Mode: Determines how the layer effect blends with the underlying layers. In most cases, the default mode for each effect produces the best results. See photoshop drop shadow blends example.

Opacity: Sets the opacity of the layer effect as you enter a value or drag the slider. See photoshop drop shadow opacity example.

Color: Specifies the color of a shadow, glow, or highlight. In the fig, see the difference when two different colors are selected.See photoshop drop shadow color example.

Angle: Determines the lighting angle at which the effect is applied to the layer. See photoshop drop shadow angle example.

Distance: Specify the displacement of the shadow from the layer contents.Enter a value or drag the slider. Click here to see example.

Blur, and intensity: determines the blurring and intensity of the shadow. Click here to see example.

Click OK

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Photoshop – To apply an outer or inner glow:

Select the layer you want to use and choose Layer > Effects > Outer Glow or Inner Glow.

Specify blending mode, opacity, color, blur, and intensity options, as described above. If you are applying an inner glow, select a glow source option.(1) Center to apply a glow that emanates from the center of the layer contents. (2) Edge to apply a glow that emanates from the inside edges of the layer contents. Click OK.

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Photoshop – To apply bevelling or embossing:

Select the layer you want to use, and choose Layer > Effects > Bevel and Emboss.

photoshop Bevel and Emboss Specify blending mode, opacity, and color options for the highlight and shadow, as described above.

Specify lighting angle and blur options For Depth, enter a value or drag the slider. A higher value results in a more accentuated bevel. Select Up or Down to indicate the position of the highlight in relation to the layer contents.

For Style, choose one of the following:
• Outer Bevel to create bevelling along the outside edges of the layer contents.
• Inner Bevel to create bevelling along the inside edges of the layer contents.
• Emboss to create the effect of embossing the layer contents against the underlying layers.
• Pillow Emboss to create the effect of stamping the edges of the layer contents into the underlying layers.

Click OK.

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Photoshop – Editing and removing layer effects

You can edit the options for the effects you have applied to a layer at any time. You can also copy effects between layers and remove an effect that you have applied to a layer.

To edit the layer effects applied to a layer:

1 Double-click the layer effects icon (layer effects icon ) in the Layers palette.
2 Choose the desired layer effect from the top of the Effects dialog box, or click Prev or Next to cycle through the effects list. Edit options as described above.

To copy effects between layers:
1 In the Layers palette, select the source layer containing the effects you want to copy.
2 Choose Layer > Effects > Copy Effects.
3 Do one of the following:
• To paste into a single layer, select the destination layer in the palette and choose Layer > Effects > Paste Effects.
• To paste into multiple layers, link the destination layers as described in Linking layersAnd then choose Layer > Effects > Paste to Linked.
The pasted effects will replace any existing effects on the destination layer or layers.

To remove a layer effect:
1 In the Layers palette, select the layer containing the effect you want to remove.
2 Do one of the following:
• Hold down Alt (Windows) , and choose the desired layer effect from the Layer > Effects menu. Applied effects have checkmarks next to their command names; removing a layer effect removes the checkmark.
• Choose the desired layer effect from the top of the Effects dialog box, and deselect Apply.

To remove all layer effects applied to a layer:
1 In the Layers palette, select the layer containing the effects you want to remove.
2 Choose Layer > Effects > Clear Effects.

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