How to Add Layer Styles
with Photoshop Elements

There are dozens of different choices when you add Layer Styles. They're already included with Photoshop Elements just waiting for you to use.

Layer Styles are like special effects that you can apply to items on a Layer in Photoshop Elements with a (double)click of the mouse.

As a bonus by-product of this tutorial you'll discover how to use floating panels to create a custom workspace. This allows us to see the Layers Panel and the Effects Panel both at the same time.

Here's a before-and-after look at a simple style applied to a circle. The Style I used for this is called "Wow Plastic".

BEFORE on the left and AFTER on the right

Watch the video below to see all the details. Under the video there's a summary of the steps for you to use as a quick reference.

Follow The 4 Easy Steps Below To Add
Layer Styles

STEP ONE- Switch To Custom Workspace.

Click the arrow next to the "More" icon located at the bottom-right of your window.

From the popup choose "Custom Workspace" by clicking on it.

STEP TWO- Close Unwanted Panels.

You'll see 4 tabs at the top of the Panels Bin. But we only want the "Layers" and the "Effects" Panels. So let's close the other two panels.

Click and drag on the tab for the "Graphics" panel and move it over to the left. Now that it's a floating panel we can close it by clicking on the "X" at the top.

Next, do the same for the "Favorites" panel.

STEP THREE- Adjust The Layers Panel.

Now we have the 2 Panels that we want, the Layers panel and the Effects panel. But we want to see them both at the same time.

Click and drag the tab of the Layers panel over to the left until you can see the whole Effects panel and then release the mouse button.

If you can't see all of your Layers in the Layers panel, click and drag downward on the lower-right corner of the Layers panel to expand it until all of the Layers are visible.

STEP FOUR- Apply A Layer Style.

Make sure that the Layer that you want to affect is active in the Layers Panel. If it's not, click on it to make it active.

Now double-click on the Style that you want to apply to the Layer.

The Style will be applied to the active Layer and will be visible in the Active Image Area.

The "Inner Ridge" Style is applied to the Red Triangle Layer

And that completes this tutorial on how to add Layer Styles in
Photoshop Elements.

Play around with this technique and see what you can come up with.

Until next time . . .

Take care!
Rick Peterson

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