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Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature, Second Edition by Matt Kloskowski

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Chapter Eight. Layer Styles

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Photoshop has a bunch of layer effects (known as layer styles), such as shadows, glows, bevels, and strokes, that can be instantly applied to any layer. That, in and of itself, is a great time saver. However, layer styles take it a step further in two ways: 1) You can always edit them. They’re live effects, so you can add a 4-pixel white stroke around a layer and later decide to go back and make it a 2-pixel stroke instead. 2) You can save them. This lets you make a style that you really like, save it, and open another photo and apply that same style to it with just a click. There are literally thousands of combinations ...

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