Photoshop Workshop – Layer Styles

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I am getting to grips with Photoshop CS6 and today I took a look at Layer Styles.

I’ve never really used the myriad of styles available (apart from Multiply) so it was  good to take a look at the effects possible by overlaying images and applying a layer style.

I took the three images above and applied the following styles:

Vivid Light

Subtract

Soft Light

Screen

Saturation

Pan Light

Overlay

Multiply

Luminosity

Linear Light

Dodge

Burn

Lighter Colour

Lighten

Hue

Hard Mix

Hard Light

Exclusion

Divide

Difference

Darken

Darken Colour

Colour

Colour Dodge

Colour Burn

I haven’t altered anything else with these images, so the full effect of the layer style can be seen. I love the different effects I’ve created here and I can see myself using layer styles a lot more in the future.

Picture References:

Branch

Ice Cubes

Pancake Ice

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2 responses »

  1. Thanks for reminding me of this feature. I don’t seem to have access to exactly the same styles you’re referencing. Maybe because I’m on CS5. Maybe because I haven’t downloaded the same ones you have. Still, some interesting effects. Possibly even useful. Thanks.

    • Thanks. I’m sure all these layer styles came with CS6. I don’t remember downloading any! I can’t remember what was on CS5, but there’s definitely a great selection on 6.
      Of course, you can alter the opacity to get even more effects, which I didn’t do for the article, but I’m having a lot of fun creating arty images!

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