As mentioned in my earlier blog; layer styles can really add life to a picture, text, or other design element. One of my favorite tutorials is from working with text to make over-dramatic banner size text. Using layer styles gives you the ability (in Photoshop) to change a text into a liquid like font using bevel and emboss and satin and a few other tricks. I won’t go over those specifics unless someone comments in this blog and asks for it. I will answer any questions you might have also, so please leave a comment.
Second, I rasterized the font. In simplest terms, that means I converted the text from a vector format to a bitmap format. If you would like an explanation on the differences between the two types click here.
Fortunately, in Photoshop, this step actually isn’t required. You can add styles to a vector graphic and still see the differences.
If you would like, you can also drop down a menu from the Layers tab in the right hand side dock. It looks like this.
Here you see all the options that appeared in the menu window mentioned above. Each one of these styles will manipulate the layer you have selected.
All of these styles have different parameters that can be adjusted or turned off all together [the eyeball icon underneath the layer]. I encourage you to change the settings on your own and get to know these styles as they can be extremely useful.
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