Method 1 — Groups
Photoshop CS6 can have layer styles applied to groups. Groups can be nested. This is probably the best way to do it, because it's neat and everything scales nicely when you scale the document (for Retina etc).
Method 2 — Smart Objects
Once you've applied some layer styles to a shape, you can convert it to a Smart Object and then apply ...
Well, you're on the right track. The key is to use layer styles.
Here's my shot:
Add Bevel & Emboss. Choose "Chisel Hard" under technique, play around with the settings and use the "Cove - Deep" preset under Contour.
Add a dark grey to bright white linear Gradient Overlay. Angle it and limit it so that it begins with the white in the top ...
I'm guessing you're using a stroke layer style on your shape in Photoshop.
If you use a Layer Mask directly on the layer that has the shape with the effect, it will create the result you see on your top image. It won't delete the stroke but create a new "path" for it to follow instead, the stroke will simply wrap that shape and still be visible.
But if you ...
Create a shape layer in the desired shape and with any colour fill;
Add your drop shadow using Layer Styles;
Make sure that on the Drop Shadow settings, the box 'Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow' is ticked;
In the Layers palette, reduce the layer's 'Fill' property (not Opacity) to 0%.
'Fill' functions exactly the same as Opacity, except it doesn't affect any ...
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.
At this time the only option is right click > New Smart Object via Copy but since I needed to do this several times I created a custom shortcut in Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts or Alt+Shift+Ctrl+K. To modify the New Smart Object via Copy look under Layer > SmartObject>.
NOTE: If you duplicate a folder with several of the smart objects inside it ...
To do this, I would duplicate the layer, bring it to the top, and set its Fill to 0%:
This will set the Fill to be transparent but the layer effects will remain. Then you can change the settings of the top layer effect so that you can have two Inner Shadows. Here's an example with the shadows set to red and blue to show the result:
Here is my shot
I have used Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, Gradient Overlay and Satin
Screenshots of used effects
Drop Shadow :
[ Blend_Mode:multiply,100%,#000000 ]
[ Angle:120, Global_Light:No ]
[ 4px:0%:1px ]
[ Contour:Defaults/CoveDeep ]
[Noise: 0% ]
Inner Shadow :
[ Blend_Mode:overlay,100%,#ffffff ]
This is because the colour overlay's blending mode (or any layer effect's) is a standard Normal. It's rather counterintuitive, but that Normal does not obey the layer's owen blending mode. The overlay you see is therefore a regular red with blending mode Normal.
You can fix this by going into the layer effects dialog box and changing the effect's blending ...
I don't believe there is a way to transform a pattern overlay as a layer style (I may be wrong), but what you can do is use the "Create Layers" command to convert the pattern to a reguler image layer and transform the pattern from there.
Simply right-click the effect in the layers panel (or go to Layer → Layer Style) and choose "Create Layer[s]":
You can ...
No way to change the order, but there is a workaround.
Set the layer with the color overly.
Duplicate the layer [layer 2] so it's above the first layer [layer 1]
Set the Fill for Layer 2 to 0%
Apply the Gradient Overlay to Layer 2.
When you apply effects that have a light source, you have the option of using a global light source. That global light source is always the same for all layers. You can edit the global light source indepentantly of your layers by going to Layer → Layer Style → Global Light.
If you don't want to use the global light source simply uncheck Use Global Light in ...
The word "Overlay" by definition means to cover.
If your layer is transparent, there are no pixels for the Overlay to cover.
Fill the layer with something, anything, and the Gradient Overlay will be visible. If you do not want the actual layer contents to be visible, then reduce the Fill Opacity to 0%.
In short, you must have something on the layer for ...
Hold the Command/Ctrl key down and click the layer thumbnail for the "B". This will load a selection.
Highlight the green layer
Hold the Option/Alt key down and click the New Mask icon () at the bottom of the Layers Panel.
This will provide a non-destructive way to remove one layer's contents from another. Working non-destructively has great benefits and ...
First of all: 20MB is not large. I routinely take photos using a Canon 4Ti DSLR which creates 25MB RAW files that are about 21MB when saved as a 1-layer TIFF with LZW compression (after cropping/fixing).
That said, you asked "why."
So normal bottom layer in a PSD is going to be a minimum of (pixel width x height x channels) bytes. For RGB color, this is 3 ...
Another way to do it would be:
Create New Layer.
Set Fill Opacity to 0%.
Right click the layer in the Layers panel that you want to isolate layer styles from and select Copy Layer Styles.
Right click the new layer and select Paste Layer Styles.
I only mention this method because the Copy/Paste Layer Styles has more than one use and could be helpful for ...
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 ...
Yes. This is what Graphic Styles in Illustrator are designed to do.
More information can be found in Illustrator's Help Files : https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/graphic-styles.html
It may also be beneficial to explore Symbols within Illustrator. Symbols are based more upon specific artwork than effects, but the use of Symbol Instances can be handy....
Select layer 1 in the Layers Panel, make sure it is highlighted. Click on the selection tool, I would suggest the Magic Wand tool if you're using Photoshop.
Select/highlight the areas you wish to knock out of the layer 0. Then, with that area still highlighted, click on layer 0 in the layers panel.
Press delete on your keyboard. And hide Layer 1 so ...
I have clients working with 100-200...700 mb PSD files. One large brochure with many pictures (PSD, TIF, etc) can easily go into the GB+ range. For large print jobs this is 'normal'. Depends on what you are using these for.
One thing you can do, but this only adds up to the overall size, is create a separate folder with flattened PSD's, which will be ...
The Layer Styles dialog has two buttons for each style option:
Clicking these does exactly what they state.
I can't replicate an instance where the styles are anything but the default when applying styles to a new layer.
On a Mac, if you are talking about blend modes within the Pattern Overlay Effect, Shift +/- doesn't work as it does with blend modes for Layers in the Layers Palette.
On a PC though, you can click on the blend mode drop down, choose normal then use the up/down arrow keys to cycle through for layers and blend modes within effects.
Choose Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and add a thick stroke (such as 6pts). Anything, even 1 pixel at 10% opacity, will become immediately visible.
Then if you need to retain the layer, simply remove the Layer Style.
There are basically four ways to handle this....
Masking the layer group. But you know that. And as you pointed out, regenerating the mask can be cumbersome.
A Smart Object with the Gradient Overlay applied to that. This can make altering or editing the internal items of the group a bit more cumbersome though.
Add the ...
How to separate layer styles on to their own layers? has the answer in the question. I also came across Photoshop Tip: Isolating Layer Styles that explains it with screenshots.
Select the layer. Go to Layer > Layer Style > Create Layers. There you go!
The only work around is creating the effects yourself.
It may seem daunting at first. But in reality most effects are just..
Duplicating the current layer.
Setting a clipping mask of the original to the duplicate.
Setting a blur, color, stroke effect on the duplicate.
Different combinations of the last step will achieve different layer effects.
With my massive 3500pt text in a bold (Impact) at the upper echelon of what Bevel and Emboss can do natively we get this:
Now if we need to go beyond that we move to Scale Effects which can be found by right clicking on the effect in your layer panel, or under Layer → Layer Style on the main menu system. This only scales beyond the limit for the "...