How to use layer styles with Photoshop gradients tutorial

How to use Photoshop gradients and layer styles / effects includes overlays, strokes for CC 2018 2017 / 2015 CS6 CS5 CS4 tutorial.

Photoshop gradients and layer styles

How to use layer styles with Photoshop gradients tutorial
  1. Select a layer

  2. Go to layer menu in Photoshop

  3. Layer style command

  4. Select gradient overlay, glow (gradient option) stroke etc

  5. Change settings of the layer style in Photoshop for shape as well as click '+' to add more than one overlay

  6. Click OK

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Available effects : rounded darkenThe available effects that use the presets include gradient overlays, strokes, inner glow, outer glow as well as pattern (if you use the gradient as a source for patterns).


Each of those sections have a large range of settings so you can create millions of designs simply from one panel but as you can combine all the panel options together literally millions of possible effects can be created


Buy Price : $3.49 US or equivalent. 32,000 Colorful presets for use with overlays etc GRD format gallery



Overlay section : overlayTo display the overlay etc you first have to be on a layer and then go to the menu / panel again (as described in the steps at the top of the page)


You will see a number of panels such as overlay, pattern, bevel, stroke etc though this list will vary depending on the items added or removed and there may be more than one or two entries for the shadow / overlay etc (this only applies to the latest versions of Photoshop / creative cloud).


If no entries on panel : fxIt may be the case that the gradient overlay is not even on the styles panel list so you will have to go to the bottom of the panel list and select the 'fx' dropdown and you can then select one of those options such as adding an overlay. Once added, go to the new panel you will see a number of different controls on the panel such as length and angle, linear / radial / diamond etc.


Once you have a panel with a GRD option (and not all of them do such as pattern and bevel etc) you can select any of the available presets. You can always quickly create your own presets by adding additional stops or removing stops from the current preset



+ option : plusThe dialog has a number of options. The overlay can be applied using different style such as linear, radial, diamond, angle and reflected; the angle and opacity and blending modes can also be changed. With the most recent version you can now more than one overlay via the '+' on the panel and you can then blend those. When you add more than one overlay, if you want to see the items below you will have to work in the order of the effects within the panel so it is no use working with any overlays lower down if the blending mode or opacity prevents that overlay being actually seen.


You can add up to 10 overlays and use the blending modes such as darken or lighten or difference etc or set the opacity to 50% etc. You can use the same effect such as linear etc throughout or you can combine multiple different effects in the panel so one can be radial and one can be linear etc.


Select a custom shape and then go to the menu / panel again and select the overlay and set length / angle etc for the preset. Click the + beside the overlay to add another effect and change the angle and length etc. Click OK. You can use the same preset as well as different presets and perhaps from different preset libraries.


Strokes : burstThe stroke can be set to a solid color and patterns as well as the GRD preset. The GRD option also allows for a variety of types such as shapeburst as well as the normal ones such as linear.


If you use the smart object option you can generate multiple effects for the same shape, multiple strokes, too.


To use the presets in the effects' stroke option and the shapeburst, it is best to set the size to a large value. Select a vector shape and again go to the menu as before and select stroke and set size and set position outside. Set to shapeburst and the fill type to the required preset. Click + to add a new stroke and set size to large than the last entry and select a new preset for the stroke


Inner glow : inner glowThe inner glow can be applied to create interesting fills for any shapes. You can set the source / choke / size of the inner glow for the preset.


You can also modify the inner glow by using the contour option which can tighten or stretch the preset (it is a pity that the stroke and other options cannot access the useful contour options).


You can also set the blend mode for the inner glow (luminosity etc) and these can also be used to create interesting effects combined with other options.


The opposite of the inner glow. The difference is that the outer glow is influenced by the background etc. You can combine multiple shapes with the same presets (as outer glows) or different ones to create many wonderful images.


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