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Old 05-06-2007, 07:59 AM
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Layer styles workout

  • Make a new 640x480 72ppi doc, white background
  • Add a new layer, and add a black circle, zero feather
  • Experiment with layer styles and post what you come up with in this thread (Save for Web, JPG Medium worked well for me)
  • Explain what you did

For this demo I just turned them all on with the defaults.

Remember, layer styles ONLY
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:46 AM
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Re: Layer styles workout

This was fun. I don't use styles very often so exploring features was informative. I often have to do layouts for brochures and other printed matter that call for photos to be placed into a page layout application (I use InDesign). In most cases you want uniformity in strokes, drop shadows, bevels, glows etc throughout the piece. I now find that I can build a style and just apply it to any shape (in this case a circle, but it could be rectangle, triangle, freeform, whatever) and apply the style then convert to CMYK, save as TIFF and drop into InD. Could be a real time saver!

I used all the usual style formats, drop shadow, stroke, innner and outer glows etc., but I used a photo that I had saved as a Pattern Stamp for the Style's pattern overlay. You can scale the photo and move it around within the circle for best placement or centering.
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Old 05-07-2007, 03:07 PM
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Re: Layer styles workout

How about a (sort of) solar eclipse?

Drop shadow: Dark blue, 100% opaque normal, global light, max size and spread, zero distance, straight-line contour, no noise.

Inner shadow: Dark orange-red, 75% normal, global light, zero distance and choke, max size, straight-line contour, no noise.

Outer glow: orange, 75% normal, no noise, zero spread, 100 px size, straight-line contour, 50% range, zero jitter.

Inner glow: bright yellow, 75% screen, no noise, no choke, size 4 px from edge, straight-line contour, 50% range, zero jitter.

Gradient overlay: dark red to black, 100% overlay, linear, 61 degrees, scale 47%.

Pattern overlay: wrinkles, 28% lighten, scaled to 590%.

Fun!
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Old 05-07-2007, 03:10 PM
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Re: Layer styles workout

Lurch... Are you sure you didn't grab that image from the NASA site? LOL Excellent job.
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Old 05-07-2007, 04:23 PM
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Re: Layer styles workout

Thanks, Swampy. Gotta admit the inspiration came from there, in a way. I mean - how many things are there that you can do with a circle?
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Old 05-12-2007, 12:56 AM
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Re: Layer styles workout

Just fiddling around. Only used gradients and textures that came installed with CS3. Fun project.

Bart
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File Type: jpg bevel_emboss.jpg (90.6 KB, 12 views)
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Old 06-27-2007, 10:58 PM
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Re: Layer styles workout

Simply created a transparent layer and ran two different styles that you can get for free here.
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:26 PM
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Re: Layer styles workout

I don't know if I'm allowed to do this, I think this is called "bumping", but before I noticed how old the thread was, I had already played around with my circle and styles and came up with this and wanted to share.

I did my circle, drop shadow, emboss, added a "wood" texture, added some more circles within the circle for button holes and just for the heck of it, put in a background of plaid and a needle and thread.
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Old 09-28-2007, 06:58 PM
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Re: Layer styles workout

Fantastically well done Susie.
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Old 10-04-2007, 07:12 AM
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Re: Layer styles workout

Thanks lkroll! And thanks for the link to Pencil Pixel's free styles, looking forward to trying some of them out.
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