I was wondering how or why is there a hard limit to 150% scaling for any layer overlay that's available as I thought this could be anything over 1% in theory. Or is there a trick to get around this?

Surely with the hardware available, this shouldn't be related to that.

See attached of what I'm referring.

EDIT My overall goal here is to animate the style and keyframe the scale. The answer by Luciano was ok for a different application but unfortunately, this doesn't work with the timeline AFAIK.

Using Photoshop 2020.

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  • There're a lot of hard limitations like this in Photoshop: my best guess is Adobe is full of sadists. I don't know if it's possible to make scale of the layer style more than 150%, but creating a shape with a gradient, clipping it and then scaling would be my workaround – Sergey Kritskiy Jan 14 '20 at 10:11
  • Thanks for the workaround. Can you expand on that as an answer and I'll mark it as a solution seeing as there's no way to do this via the native method? Yes, quite the sadists...! – Ste Jan 14 '20 at 11:04
  • better than trying to figure out why is Photoshop like this, could you tell us what are you trying to achieve? Perhaps there are other solutions that don't involve scaling a gradient overlay at all. – Luciano Jan 14 '20 at 11:16
  • The more you scale it, the more you lost the colors at the borders. You can always edit the gradient removing or softening those colors instead. – LeoNas Jan 14 '20 at 11:48
  • Luciano. I'm simply wanting to scale more than 150%. eoNas, I'm aware of that but not the solution I was after. I was hoping to animate this in the timeline and you can animate styles but not what Luciano suggested. I'll update the question to point this out. – Ste Jan 14 '20 at 12:01
  • Create a vector shape (U) - it could be any shape, if it's going to be larger than the artboard or the layer below;
  • Change the Fill to a gradient, keep Align with Layer checked;
  • Transform (+T) and scale the shape to the size you want;
  • clip it to the layer below by holding ALT and clicking between the layer thumbnails;
  • change opacity / blending mode / etc if necessary.
  • Thanks but this cannot be animated whereas styles can. I'll update the question with this. – Ste Jan 14 '20 at 12:02
  • Transformations can be animated. – Sergey Kritskiy Jan 14 '20 at 14:04
  • Basic transformations can (Position of the layer), there's no key value for the shape fill as far as I can see. I've googled this also but cannot find anything. – Ste Jan 14 '20 at 14:24

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