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Photoshop Effects

By: Tom Gillan
Adding effects in Adobe Photoshop can add an extra dynamic element to your design, and is incredibly easy to do. We show you how in our Adobe Photoshop courses.

For instance you might first cut out an image or logo using a variety of selection tools and put it on a new layer. In the background layer you could go to the Select drop-down menu and choose Selected All then chose the Gradient tool to add a subtle background which will help make the effect stand out.

Now we are ready to add a Layer Effect to the logo: select its layer and note the FX button (Add a Layer Style) at the bottom of the Layers panel. Click this and choose an effect from the pop-up list. A dialog box will then open from which you can adjust the various sliders to manipulate the Size and Opacity of the effect. You will see the effect on the screen due to the Preview box being ticked - toggle this on and off to see the effect. And hit OK when you are happy. Note that this has added a new sub-layer in your Layers panel - if you ever need to adjust the effect simply double-click on the sub-layer to reopen the Effects dialog box.

Another way to add drama to your image is by adding a Lighting effect. Right-click on the layer > and choose Convert to Smart Object. This is called non-destructive editing since Photoshop will add an effects layer instead of changing the original pixel values of the image. Then go to Filter > Rendering > Lighting Effects. Note that you have many Presets in this filter - select one then adjust the light direction, intensity, colour, etc. Because you converted this layer to a Smart Object, you'll be able to make adjustments to the effect later on if necessary. If you hadn't converted to Smart Object, this option would not be available.

Note that if you're using the 64-bit version of Adobe Photoshop on an Apple Macintosh you may have trouble using the Lighting Effects. If so, open Photoshop in 32-bit mode and Lighting Effects should return. To do so close Photoshop if it is open, then find the Adobe Photoshop application file located in the Photoshop CC folder. Right-click or control-click on the application and choose Get Info. Then click the checkbox Open in 32-bit mode and restart Photoshop. The missing filters should return.

As you can see creating effects in Adobe Photoshop is simple and straight-forward, and will add a level of dynamism to your image. Combined with filters and adjustment layers, the effects menu is an essential component of the graphic designer or photographer's skill set.

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Last Updated September 15, 2014

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