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Photoshop CS6 All-in-One For Dummies by Barbara Obermeier

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Chapter 4: Getting Jazzy with ­Layer Styles and Clipping Groups

In This Chapter

check.png Getting the facts on layer styles

check.png Using the Styles panel

check.png Creating a custom style

check.png Clipping layers

After you have all the basic elements in your layered composite image, you may want to give it a little pizzazz and finesse. Maybe a headline would pop out a little more if you beveled the edge, or maybe that silhouetted image would take on a little more dimension if you placed a drop shadow behind it. This chapter is where you find out how to do that and more. (If you’re wondering how to create a composite image with layers, see Book V, Chapters 1, 2, and 3, which introduce the basics of creating composites with layers.)

Layer Styles Basics

Back in the day, creating a drop shadow in Photoshop took a concerted effort. And beveled or embossed type? Well, I’ll just say that you really had to have the inside scoop on some Photoshop tricks. Now, however, Photoshop makes creating these kinds of effects as easy as selecting an option.

In this chapter, you may see the terms effect and style used interchangeably. ...

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