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Photoshop lets you save layer effects and blending options for later use by creating layer styles, which show up as items in the Styles palette. There are three ways to create a style:
Click the New Style icon. When working in the Layer Style dialog box, click the New Style icon to display the options shown at the bottom of Figure 14-31. Name your style and then use the check boxes to decide which settings in the Layer Style dialog box are preserved. The first check box saves the effects covered in this chapter; the second saves the blending options discussed in the previous chapter.
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Click in the Styles palette. Choose Window ® Styles to view the Styles palette. Then move your cursor inside the palette and click with the paint bucket, as in the top example in Figure 14-31. Photoshop shows you the New Style dialog box. Set the options as described previously. Drag-and-drop a layer. Start with both the Layers and Styles palettes open. Now drag any layer, active or not, and drop it in the Styles palette. Again, Photoshop shows you the New Style dialog box. After you press Enter or Return, Photoshop saves the style as a new preset. As with any preset, you can apply it to future images during future Photoshop sessions. Just click a style to apply it to the active layer, or drag the style and drop it on any layer name (active or not) in the Layers palette. And don't forget, Photoshop ships with scads of preset styles that you can explore at your leisure. Load a set of styles from the Styles palette menu, apply one to your favorite layer, and take a look at how it's put together in the Layer Style dialog box. It's a great way to get a feel for the amazing variety of effects that are possible in Photoshop.Tip
A style may include blending options, layer effects, or both. Applying a new style to a layer replaces all blending options and effects associated with that style. If you would rather add the blending options and effects from a style to the existing blending options and effects associated with a layer, Shift-click an item in the Styles palette. Note
Sadly, there is no way to update a style. And even if you could, the style and layer are not linked, so updating the style would have no effect on the layer. Photoshop lets you create new styles, rename existing styles, and delete old ones that's about it.
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9.4 Chapter 15: Fully Editable Text
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Chapter 15: Fully Editable TextThe State of Type in Photoshop CS
If you wanted to put text into your image back in the early days of Photoshop, you might as well be carving your words into a big hunk of marble. Spelling definitely counted back then, because you were more or less permanently embedding your words into the image. The introduction of layers in Version 3 loosened things up a bit, but until fairly recently creating type in Photoshop was a restrictive process. Then Photoshop 5 came along and gave us something new and welcome editable bitmapped type. Long after you created a line of text, you had the option of changing the words, typeface, size, leading,
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kerning, and so on. In only one upgrade cycle, Photoshop made a quantum leap from grim Stone Age letter wrangling to something that might actually pass for contemporary typesetting. Photoshop 5.5 expanded the type possibilities further, but with Version 6, type finally evolved from a single-celled organism to something resembling homo sapiens . At last you could:
Scale text as large as you wanted without any repercussions, just as you could with any vector object. That's because the type tool actually created vector text.
Create and edit text by typing directly on the image canvas no more side trips to the Type Tool dialog box required.
Create text inside a frame and then apply paragraph formatting to control hyphenation, justification, indents, alignment, and paragraph spacing. You could even create lists that use hanging punctuation and control word and character spacing in justified text, as you can in Adobe PageMaker and InDesign. Make per-character adjustments to color, width, height, spacing, and baseline shift.
Bend, twist, and otherwise distort text using a simple Warp Text dialog box instead of wrestling with the Wave filter or other distortion filters.
Convert characters to shapes that you could then edit, fill, and stroke just as you do objects you create with the shape tools (explored in Chapter 14). Alternatively, you could convert text to a work path. Rasterize text so that you could apply any filters or tools applicable to ordinary image layers.