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I think what I may be looking for exists in Fireworks maybe, but I haven't messed with it. Basically, is there a way to make a style sheet for an object?

Say I have an object and I apply x layer styles to it, then I want all those layer styles on multiple objects throughout a document. Then I want to change the strength of a drop shadow, how would I set it up so all I had to do is change the drop on the master file and it would apply to all with this "style" set on it?

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You can convert one or more layers into a smart object. If you duplicate Smart object and go to edit the contents of one of those Smart objects, all the copies of it will be updated with the changes. –  Joonas May 21 '13 at 15:32
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This is now somewhat possible with Photoshop CS6 or newer.

You can place all the layers you wish to apply the style to into a Layer Group. Then apply the layer style directly to the group.

drop shadow

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Another option is to:

  • Create the layer
  • Add the styles you want
  • Right click the layer and select Copy Layer Styles
  • Hold CTRL/CMD and select the other layers you want to add the styles to
  • Right click one and Paste Layer Styles.
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A more effective way to copy/paste layer style is to set up shortcuts.

Edit > Keyboard shortcuts > Application menu > Layer >

Set up shortcuts:
Copy Layer Style – Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + C
Paste Layer Style – Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + V
Clear Layer Style – Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + X

Select layer in layers panel and press Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + C
Select other layers and press Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + V

Hint: you can set up a shortcut for 'blending options' too, but it's better to set up 'Drop shadow' shortcut or other option that you use often, than 'blending options'.

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Photoshop has layer styles you can create and apply via the layer styles panel.

Initially when creating a style for a layer, at the bottom of the layers panel, click the little 'fx' button. (Add your drop shadows etc there on a per layer basis) You can create styles in there and manage them under the styles tab.

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Sorry, misread your question. I think you have to manually select all when reapplying a style. To my knowledge there isn't a way to auto update them all without reapplying. –  John May 21 '13 at 15:31
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