Layer Styles in Photoshop

Just a quick How-to-do/reminder regarding Layer Styles in Photoshop.

With a file opened in photoshop, click on the layers tab to see all of the layers that make up your workspace. If you just have a picture opened there should just be one layer, called “Background” and it will have a little lock next to it. To edit this layer, right click on the layer and select “duplicate layer” from the menu. This will create a “Background copy” layer which is identical and can be manipulated. You can delete the original background layer if you want, I usually do. Now double click on the layer to bring up the layer styles menu. (Avoid clicking on the layer name itslef, because the program will just assume you want to rename the layer, not access the layer styles menu.)

The Layer styles menu has a lot of interesting options that will manipulate your desired layer, ranging from glow effects to different types of overlays. These prove useful when you want a certain part of your project to stand out from the rest.

-Neil Parent

~ by njp24 on January 18, 2010.

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