As always, I hope the week is treating you well thus far. June has
made its soggy arrival, and thus far I've only been fishing once.
Well, you can't really call it fishing, as the streams were so far
out of their banks (high, fast, muddy water) that I dipped the line
in 5 times maybe. The solution? Red Lobster! But seriously, I'm
thankful for the moisture but I really really really really NEED to
go fishing. For those who need to justify the act of killing and
eating poor defenseless denizens of the waterways, blame it on an
out of whack hunter-gatherer instinct. I'd argue that you haven't
lived until you've had smoked trout for breakfast. While perusing
the Photoshop Discussion List this morning, a question was posed
about applying filters to layer styles. That is a very good
question and a few ideas popped into my head on the subject, but
most of these involved flattening the styled layer and then
applying filters. Simply put, there is no easy way to do it, at
least not in a way that would answer the original question posed.
There is a way, however, to pull a Style effect, such as a drop
shadow or such, from the layer it was applied to and give it its'
own layer, on which it may be manipulated, edited, or set on fire.
Just for fun, let's make a quick, cool text style: 1) Open
Photoshop. I'm using PS 7 for this tutorial. 2) Create a new image.
If it isn't already, fill the background layer with white. 3)
Create a new Layer. 4) On the new layer, enter some large type with
the Type Mask Tool.
5) Select 2
somewhat opposing colors for the fore and background colors.
Fill the Text Selection with one of the colors.
7) Let's set
up a style for this layer. Click the Add Layer Style icon on the
bottom of the layers palette, and click on Bevel/Emboss.
8) Apply a
bevel with settings similar to those seen in the capture below.
Now some Inner Shadow:
11) Lastly, let's add a Stroke:
type thus far:
12) If you
like the style, open the Layer Styles Dialog Box. On the right hand
side, save it, name it, and then it will appear in the Layer Styles
Ok, that was
exciting but what does it have to do with the original premise of
this tutorial? In this case, probably not much yet. But say I have
another layer with styles applied above the type layer? Case in
point, take a look at this.
In this case,
I've added a beveled and drop shadowed wavey pattern over the face
of the text. The idea here is to add to the type's illusion of
transparency by having the drop shadow for the wavey layer seen
inside the text. The problem is the drop shadow also appears
outside the boundary of the text, an effect I do not want.
Solution? Here it is! Right click on the layer style inside the
Layers Palette. In the menu that pops up, go down the list and
select Create Layer'. This will drop all the style effects in
their own individual layers where you can manipulate them.
Command/CTRL+Click the text layer in the palette to bring up the
type selection again.
In the Layers
Palette, select the layer that now holds the Drop Shadow from the
style, and hit Delete. This will wipe away the excess drop shadow
from outside the type boundary, while still allowing it to show up
inside the plastic/glassy text.
all this week. Until next time, I'll see you at Action Fx
Special thanks to www.planetphotoshop.com for
allowing us to reprint their Photoshop tutorials here at
Renderosity. You can e-mail Al Ward, the author of this article, at