Today I was following a tutorial using PS CS6 on the internet and it asked that a layer be added and
Layer Style > Gradient Overlay be used, which would later become a background.
I'm not a big user of the
fx button in the layer panel, I admit. But, I didn't think it was so utterly confusing.
I simply created a new layer (transparent) and accessed the Gradient Overlay in Layer Styles and expected to see the new layer filled with the gradient I had configured and then I'd move on to the next step. There was no effect at all and no indication from Photoshop CS6 that I had just done something that would have no effect.
To my great surprise I discovered that even after making a (marquee) selection, there was no gradient overlay appearing.
Not until I used the shape tool (or text tool) would my gradient appear within it. Of course, I thought the so-called 'layer' style would apply on a layer level basis and not require that a particular object be used for filling.
Is my software not working correctly or does anyone else find this observed behavior counter-intuitive in the slightest?
Why does it only have effect on text or shape layers?