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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals by Richard Harrington

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Chapter 13. Layer Styles

Photoshop comes with several built-in effects: shadows, glows, bevels, textures, and strokes. These effects allow for quick changes to a layer’s appearance. Layer Styles are “live” effects, which is to say that as the content of a layer updates, so does the effect. For example, if you have a bevel and shadow applied to a type layer and you change the type, the effect will be applied to the new characters.

Layer Styles

This flower was created from two basic shapes. The beveling, textures, and colorization were done with Layer Styles. Open the file Ch13_Flower_Style.psd from the Chapter 13 folder on the CD to explore the effects.

The effects ...

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