Other Tools for Managing Layer Styles
The ability to save new styles and apply them to other layers is certainly nice, but it can be a little tiresome to rely on that method alone when you want to experiment with a lot of different style options for your project. Plus, you may not want to save certain styles permanently – you may just want them around for the single Photoshop document you’re currently working on.
Fortunately, there are several other style-related features you can use.
1. Copy, Paste, and Clear Layer Styles – Suppose you just found the perfect combination of styles on one layer and you want to apply that same combo on other layers in your project.
Instead of saving that combo as a new style, you can just copy your style settings from one layer to another.
Right-click on the layer that includes the styles you want to duplicate, and choose Copy Layer Style. Then, right-click on layer you want to apply those settings to, and choose Paste Layer Style.
Also, if you want to get rid of any styles you’ve applied to a layer and start all over from scratch, you can right-click on that layer and choose Clear Layer Style.
2. Disable or Hide All Effects – Want a quick reminder of what your project looked like before you added a bunch of styles? You can toggle the visibility of all effects for an individual layer or for all layers at once with just a single click.
Right-click anywhere over the listing of a layer’s effects. Several options will appear, including Disable Layer Effects and Hide All Effects. The first option will hide any styles applied to that single layer, while Hide All Effects hides the styles from all layers in your project.
When you’re ready to toggle the visibility back on, just right-click over the Effects listing again. Select Enable Layer Effects or Show All Effects, depending on whether you initially chose to just hide the effects on a single layer or on all layers.
3. Toggle Visibility of Individual Style Effects – Instead of hiding all of the effects on a layer, maybe you want to see how things would look if you just removed one or two style elements.
Similar to the way you can hide an entire layer, you can hide an individual style component by clicking on the “eye" symbol next to the style’s name.
When you’re ready to make that component visible again, just click in the same area and the “eye" symbol will reappear.
Now, it’s time to go and start experimenting – if you come up with any cool new style settings, let us know!