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Separation Anxiety: Put A Layer Style On A Separate Layer

When you apply a layer style to a layer using the Add a Layer Style pop-up menu in the Layers palette, you’ve done just that-applied a style to a layer, and that style is married to that layer. However, if you’d like to edit your effect separately from the layer, you can ask Photoshop to put to the layer style on its own separate layer (or layers if necessary). To do this, click on your layer, then go under the Layer menu, under Layer Style, and choose Create Layers. Your effect will now appear on its own layer beneath your current layer. Note: If you apply a bevel effect, it will create multiple separate layers.

Posted by Corey Barker

Corey is an education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design and photography. Using Photoshop since version 2, his expertise and creativity have evolved exponentially with every new version, which makes Corey an invaluable addition to the KelbyOne team.

4 comments on “Separation Anxiety: Put A Layer Style On A Separate Layer

  1. OMG, THANK YOU! I feel so stupid, was looking for this for an hour, just to found out that IT IS IN FACT implemented and is easily accessible:( What has happened to just browsing and clicking around… Got too lazy :)