Layer Effects and Styles
Okay. So what we wanna do is do something that's similar to our groovy three, but we're gonna start talking about layer effects and styles and what those are. So again, we want to go in and we're gonna duplicate some of the work that we did before. We're gonna turn off the one layer right here. We're gonna turn off the two layer here. We're gonna work on layer three and only layer three. And so let's once again go over and get our magic wand tool select the red here on the three and then we're going to delete that and then deselect. And so we were back to where we were earlier. Now we're gonna do something a little bit different. We're gonna go onto the layers pallet over here in the lower right hand corner. And you'll see that there are a bunch of different little icons here. Now, one of them is a little plus icon and that is to allow us to add a new layer. We want to add a new layer. So we're gonna go in here. We're gonna click on that. It's by default it's named layer one double cli...
ck that, and we are going to rename that white we've renamed our layer white. Now, what we want to do is we wanna make sure that we have a white foreground color. And so again, we can hit D that gives us our default colors. So you can see the foreground color by default is black. And the background color is white. You need to swap those by hitting X. Now we have white as our foreground color. Now let's use a tool we haven't used before the paint bucket tool. So go over here about halfway down. You can see that we have the paint bucket tool, get that and then go over here on the white layer make sure you've selected the white layer and then click. And we've just dumped white into that layer which is pretty cool. Now what we can do is we can go over to our layers palette and drag white below the three layer. And now we have three on a white background instead of the red background that we had. All right, that's pretty cool. Now what we want to do is change the look of the three. So we're not gonna be kindergartners and do groovy three this time. We're gonna add some layer, styles, and effects. So to do that, make sure you have the three layer selected and then down at the lower right hand corner these little icons here, one of them says FX. Those are the effects. So click on that and then you'll see a bunch of different effects that we can add to this. We can add a shadow. We can do a color overlay. We can do a drop shadow, but we wanna do something even more spectacular. So click on blending options. Now, as soon as you do that, you get this thing here that says blending options. We don't really care about the blending options. What we do care about is the thing right above that click on styles. Now we have a bunch of styles that are built into Photoshop. We have to click our Explo, our our triangles here, our disclosure triangles to
See these different layer styles. So I'm just gonna drag this sort of up over here. I'll see if I can, yeah. Move that outta the way a little bit and just sort of click on any of these styles. And you're gonna see that your three changes based on the style that you select. So go ahead and play with those and see what you get. And we're gonna do that till we get exactly what we want and it doesn't matter. You can do exactly what you want. If you also want to, you can go over here to these different blending options and things and you can play with these these different things over here, the drop shadows and all that kind of stuff to sort of see what they do. Take some time to play with this layer style palette. You can turn things on and off. You can see how that changes the different styles. Here. You can take the styles away. You can add a drop shadow, do what you want. You're gonna have fun playing with this once you have it selected click okay And now you can see that you have some effects that have been applied to your three that are non-destructive. You can go over here and turn on and off different things in your layers palette, depending on what you want. So if you don't want that drop shadow, you can just get rid of it and then you can go and, and change those as you wish. And so it's a non-destructive way to add some style to your layer.