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Using an Effect More Than Once in a Layer Style in Adobe Photoshop CC

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A great way to add visual impact to a design element is to apply multiple instances of effects such as strokes, glows, or shadows. You don’t have to duplicate layers to do this, because you can apply multiple instances of an effect inside the Layer Styles dialog box. Learn how in this excerpt from Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release).

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A great way to add visual impact to a design element is to apply multiple instances of effects such as strokes, glows, or shadows. You don’t have to duplicate layers to do this, because you can apply multiple instances of an effect inside the Layer Styles dialog box.

  1. Open 04End.psd in your Lesson04 folder.
  2. In the Layers panel, double-click the Drop Shadow effect applied to the HAWAII layer.
  3. Click the + button next to the Drop Shadow effect, and select the second Drop Shadow effect.

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    Now for the fun part! You can adjust your second drop shadow to change options such as color, size, and opacity.

  4. In the Drop Shadow options, click the color swatch, move the pointer outside the Layer Style dialog box so that the pointer changes into an eyedropper, and click the bottom flower to sample its pink color. Then match the Drop Shadow settings as shown below, and click OK.

  5. The new pink drop shadow helps the HAWAII text pop off the page.
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