Using Photoshop Layer Styles for Book Cover Designs
One of the most loved tricks employed by designers is the Photoshop layer style. A layer style is simply a pre-made style that can be applied to text or images using some of the dozens of Photoshop adjustments that can be implemented. Although it can be used on images, layer styles are much more suited for text. Finding the right font and combining it with the right layer style can give you exactly the effect you need for a professional book cover look. Let’s look at Photoshop layer styles in more detail.
What Are Layer Styles?
The first thing you probably want to know is what exactly are layer styles? A layer style is simply a specific configuration of some of the Photoshop design elements that create a really great effect on whatever you are applying the layer style to. Most of the time, you will be applying a layer style to text. That means that the layer style you select will change the text to have things like an outline, a shadow or other features that make it look more professional.
How Do You Use Layer Styles?
To use a layer style, all you have to do is import some of them into your Photoshop library, then select the layer that you want to apply the style to (in this case you are going to select the text that you want to change) and then click on that particular layer style. Most designers have hundreds of layer styles to choose from and then they can go through and click each one individually to find out if the layer style fits their cover design perfectly or if they should move on to a different layer style. Each time you click on a layer style, you will be able to see it against whatever background or images you have selected, and that will give you an indication of how will look in the final product.
Where Can You Find Layer Styles?
The real question for designers that have never had any experience with Photoshop is where they can find layer styles. Luckily, you can find lots and lots of free layer styles on the web. You do want to check to make sure that you are allowed to use that particular layer style for your commercial project, but the truth is, since you can create each layer style using Photoshop, you do not really have to pay attention to this. Layer styles cannot be copyrighted since they are not actually original designs. They are made using the Photoshop tools that you can use yourself if you knew which tools were being used in which amount.
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Of course, that brings us to the next question designers asked, which is: can you create your own layer style? Of course you can, but you have to play with layer styles for a long time and all of the different options to create something really unique and original. You will probably find on the Internet anyway, but if you create yourself, then you can definitely call it your own.