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I have a (png) logo with lettering and artwork above (and not touching) the lettering. How can I mask or isolate the lettering portion, in order to apply a layer style to only the artwork portion of the image in Photoshop.

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    I'm confused, you seem to know exactly how to do this - use layer masks. So what's the question..?
    – Ryan
    Jul 14, 2015 at 20:28

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You can do this in the 'Layer Style / Blending Options' (double click on the fx within Layers) - there's a checkbox called 'Layer Mask Hides effects'.

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As Ryan's comment says:

Duplicate your layer.

Then isolate part of the lettering on one of the layers, either by adding a layer mask OR by deleting the other portion of the logo.

Apply your layer style to the layer you need it to be applied on.

You should end up with 2 layers; one with the effect, one without. You can merge them after if you want but some effects might change appearance when flattened.


To my knowledge, there is no way to add a style to only a part of a layer.

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