Background of Layer Effects
Layer effects if you don't know what layer effects are well guess what folks layer effects are effects on layers if you hold a magnet over a layer the effect that it hit now so layer effects you're probably seeing that little fx button down there at the bottom just what that's what we're talking about right there absolutely and most of you know layer effects because of this absolutely awesome feature right here on that feature is the drop shadow yes of course because everybody puts a drop shadows we slide all these sliders click ok ah drop shadow what better way can we affect the layer well there's a lot of other things that we can do to layer affects other than putting a drop shadow popular effect number two bevel and boss yeah I know so you goto effects here you choose bubble and in boss on that layer and you're like wow and you go ahead and you control the depth of that and you're just a amazed by it right there and you choose the size and you're just like that is amazing incredible...
well we don't have much more time folks we're running out of time so then of course we have to go ahead and put a stroke around it because if it isn't bad enough let's put a stroke oh yeah wow isn't that awesome but in all seriousness there's a lot of other things we could do with layer effects so what we're going to do today is we're going to walk you through all the different layer effects that you can actually dio devlin and boss stroke in her outer glow satan satin okay, you know, so I'm not very good with english, okay? Color over leg, radiant overlay pattern overlay outer glow and drop shadow well, we all know drop shadow, but you don't know drop shadow the way too direction to show you the drop shadow because while this is all cool to do cool, funky stuff on here, there's a lot of things that you I don't know about layer effects that we're going to show you, what I want to do is I want to walk you through layer effects just on a superficial level show you what each one does kind of the adjustments that we have and we're going to get into it pretty deep with all the things that you don't know about layer effects and how they can affect you well beyond you can affect you for years. Yes it's kind of like this nuclear effect just goes on forever so first and foremost here simply select my layer and the great thing about layers of faxes I can put them on anything and I think there's a hot sauce commercial that we can put that on, but I have shaped layers here so I've got this diamond shape player I've got this little flower, these are actual vector shape layers, okay? And we're going to show you why a vector shape player can work and how a rest or shape player can work all these things it's just going to go all over the place as if it doesn't already so one of the key things with layer effects going to go in here and I'm going to just change the color of the stroke here so we get something more dramatic, ok? So I've got a circle here and I've gone in and I've just randomly put in a stroke about one in boston, a drop shadow of which in my layers panel when everything is compressed, I see it like this and I see my little effects right here on the side of click and little drop down menu and I get all of my items I can turn on and turn off each and every element separately, and I can also turn off the entire layer effects right there and work with all those I can edit any one of these by going in and just double clicking on either the effects button or anyone of my name defects but here's the interesting thing with effects effects are going to be applied to every single pixel on that layer, so in this case right here I just have the one circle on the layer and these layer effects no matter what I do to this layer there are going to effect absolutely everything this is a pixel bass player, so if I were to go in here with saying my eraser tool or my paintbrush, I'm going to use my eraser tool and I'm going to make it a nice hard eraser and I go in and I race those layer effects are always going to conform to the pixels that are on my layers okay? So when I go through when I do this I can get really cool effects and these air obviously dramatized from the devil in in boston the drop shadow and this is really cool because vice versa too. If I decided to go in and use my brush and decide to go in and paint with my brush I'm gonna make a harder brush right there. I could go in of course create all these little kind of alien things with this as well layer effects are going to apply to the pixels that are on my layer not a problem, but I also have my shape players too and these shape players are actually made with vector paths and these are editable through using my pen tool and or my direct selection to all my paths election tool right here and I can actually go in and I can change these shapes now, if I were to put some layer effects on here, I'll just do a quick belon and boss on this one. And there we gook of my bevel in boss, these air shaped layers that are editable by going in and actually editing the points. So why would we use one over the other? Well, it all depends on the outcome. Usually, if I'm going to be deal building something like a website, I have lots of components, and I need to constantly change them. The's shaped layers, which I'm going to be doing a class on in a few days, is an easy way to go in and edit them with pixel based layers. I have to use all of my pixel editing tools. Paintbrush selection tools, eraser to do anything but the layer effects are simply going to affect every pixel that's on that layer where there would be a vector shape or it be a raster shape either one.
You might know how to add a drop shadow to a layer or add a bevel and emboss to type, but what about more complex layer effects? Join Jason Hoppe for Layer Effects and advance your Photoshop layering skills.
The tips, tricks, and tools you learn in this course will help you create water droplets, gold embossed type, and ghost drop shadows. You’ll also explore troubleshooting strategies for removing background from logos and scaling layer effects when images change size. By the end of this course, you’ll be layering like a pro.
Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2