Taking Layer Styles Apart






Taking Layer Styles Apart

Layer styles can be really informative. If you ever create a style and then say, “How does it do that?” you can take the layer style apart to see what makes it tick.

To check out the anatomy of a layer style, select the layer containing the style in the Layers palette, and then choose Layer>Layer Style>Create Layers. Each layer style effect is separated onto its own layer (some layer styles may create two layers).

Take a look at where the layers are located in the Layers palette and check out their order. Figure shows a heart with several layer styles applied: a drop shadow, a bevel, and an inner glow. Figure shows the effects broken down into layers in the Layers palette.

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Figure: The layer styles applied to this vector shape can be separated into layers.
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Figure: When the layer style is separated into individual layers, you can really get a good idea how each effect works.


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