Photoshop Layer Styles provide different effects to a layer’s content in a non-destructive manner. You can edit Styles, change them, or remove them.
There are hundreds of different effects you can achieve using Styles. Here are just a few examples: shadows, metals, bevels, textures, acrylic, glitter, and paper. Here at Oscraps, we have a special category dedicated to Styles, (Photoshop/Elements tools > .asl Styles) where you will find a variety of quality products.
Where are the default Photoshop Styles?
- In Photoshop, if you do not see the Styles Panel, go to Window in the top menu bar, and click on Styles.
- In Photoshop Elements (PSE), you will see the Styles panel icon at the bottom right, when you are in Expert mode. (PSE 2018).
How to Load Photoshop Styles:
So you’ve purchased a Style that you want to use. Now what?
Styles come in .asl format, so that is the file you want to look for. This is what you will see inside my unzipped Watercolor 04 Styles pack.
There are multiple ways to load Styles in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Here are 3 ways. Try them and decide what works best for you.
- Left click on the .asl file and drag and drop it onto the Photoshop canvas. (Photoshop and PSE)
- When in the Styles Panel, click on the 3 horizontal lines at the top right of the panel. Select “Load Styles” in the pop-out box. A window will open. Navigate to where you have the .asl file you want to load. Click on it to select it, then click on the “Load” button. (Photoshop and PSE)
- I use ACDSee to organize my digi-supplies. In ACDSee, you can double-click on a .asl file and have it automatically load into Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, whichever you have selected as your Default Editor.
- If you are a Mac user, if you double-click on a .asl file, it will automatically Load into Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, whichever is your Default Editor.
Watercolor Styles 04, used in this tutorial is this week’s 52 Inspirations (2018), FREE to the 52 Inspirations Subscribers. Non-subscribers can enjoy a 20% discount through October 21st.
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