Use Blending Options & Styles to Create Unique Designs in Photoshop …

    ●   Now it's time to apply some Layer Styles and Blending Options to your layers.

Learn About:

Layer Styles Blending Options

  •   This tutorial is part of the Shoe Repair Project.

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Step #1: Open your Project in PhotoShop ~

Open YOUR PROJECT in Photoshop …



… (remember: all these tutorials are intended to be applied to YOUR PROJECT).

Hopefully you've done this tutorial 1st and made lots of Layers with shapes on them.

Open the Layers Palette (if necessary) by hitting F7


… and select a Layer

select layer

… and click on the fx at the bottom.

layer style button

Start with Bevel and Emboss first …

Step #2: Modify the Effects ~

Each setting is adjustable …


Adjust the settings anyway you want. The variations are endless …

Try Inner Glow or Stroke - try them all.




Just Try it!


Blending Options give depth and expression to your work.

Step #3: Styles ~

Next ,try the Preset Layer Styles available by going to: Window > Styles

window styles

… and try the different Presets on your layers.

Add different styles to each of your layers.


You can also add NEW styles by doing this:

Add Stlyes and Blending Options to most of your layers, especially text.

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Last Step: Save and Attach ~


Attach it!


  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this:


  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.