I LOVE Photoshop! It seems like there is always something new to learn! It contains so many tools available for my creative use, and one of my very favorites is Styles.
Photoshop Styles always come in the format of an asl file. Photoshop users can simply drag and drop the asl file onto their work space and it will be available for use.
Photoshop Elements users must install asl files in order to use them. The process can be a little intimidating and confusing. In addition, the rebuilding of the PSE database can take a while. If a PSE user has too many styles installed, Photoshop Elements will run slowly.
Because I love both creating and using Styles I wanted to devise a way that would make them PSE-friendly. The result is my PSE User Friendly Strip. This is what the strip looks like from my Bronze Styles:
The PSE strip is simply a PSD file which includes a sample of each layer style within this package.
To use the strip, you will need to open the PSD file as you would any PSD file. Let the strip reside on your workspace. As you work on your layout and want to use a style, simply bring up the PSD file, right click on the style that you want to use, and choose Copy Layer Style. Then click on the element/layer that you want to apply the style to. Right click again and select Paste Layer Style. That’s all there is to it!
What is the difference between using the PSE strip and using the Style Sheets that are sometimes included in Style Packages?
When you use a Style Sheet, you clip your element/text to the sheet. Your element/text will take on the look of the style pattern. However, it will not retain any of the Style characteristics that might be available in the asl file. For example, if there is an inner shadow on the style, this will not be available when you clip a style sheet. It WILL be available if you copy/paste the style
I am a visual learner. Are you? If so, you might find this 58 second video helpful. My friend. Priss Steelman. created this quick video tutorial for me and has granted me permission to share it with you. You can view it on You Tube: “How to Use SnickerdoodleDesigns Photoshop Elements Styling Strips or download your own free copy of the video in the SnickerdoodleDesigns store at Digidesignresort.
I have a Free Sampler Pack for you to download and play with! Just click on the image preview to be taken to my store, where you may place it in your cart, then take it home with you!
I truly love Styles and I hope you will too! I invite you to also visit my SnickerdoodleDesigns store to see what other Styles I have available for your use. I’ve put a few of my favorites on sale for you at 30% off through November 26th.