Practical Ecommerce

Tutorial: Understanding Photoshop Layer Styles

View Tutorial Learning how to use Photoshop can be a very intimidating experience. In most cases, you have an idea of what you want to accomplish but you don’t know how to use the available tools to get it done. In this video tutorial Practical eCommerce’s Chief Architect Brian Getting provides a brief introduction to layer styles in Photoshop.

Layer styles provide a way for designers to apply particular visual effects to entire layers in a Photoshop document, as opposed to creating many layers and to achieve a similar effect. Using layer styles, designers can simplify their Photoshop documents and more easily make changes in the future.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS2
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  1. Karen August 5, 2008 Reply

    Thanks for this tutorial! I thought I knew everything about the effects & styles I care about and use most frequently. Boy, was I wrong!

  2. Cindy August 7, 2008 Reply

    I would love to see this, but I get an error on the page. Other video tutorials are okay. Any ideas?

  3. Jillian Manning August 7, 2008 Reply

    Hello Cindy,

    Thank you for your comment. We are working to resolve this problem. The tutorial appears to work in Firefox, but we have had some issue with Internet Explorer.

    Thank you for your patience,

    Jillian – Practical eCommerce

  4. Brian Getting August 7, 2008 Reply

    A few people have mentioned that. We have switched over to Quicktime videos versus the flash videos in the past. It appears to have something to do with security settings in Internet Explorer, and the fact that we are serving these videos from an external domain. We are working to fix this issue.

    In the meantime, you can right-click the links above and select "`save target as…`" to download the Quicktime video to your desktop. You should have no problems watching it then.