In reviewing the prodigious creative free-for-all that is Photoshop Top 40: The Contest, I’ve noticed how many entrants end their lists of Top 40 features with “plus much more.” As if to say, the stuff not included in my Photoshop Top 40 countdown so far could fill a book. For example, only two videos—Feature #39: Layer Comps and Feature #18: Smart Objects—specifically rely on layers. Which is a little strange, given that layers go to the core of working in Photoshop.
This week, layer lovers can take heart: First, this is a reverse-order countdown, so one might imagine that layers will begin to take a larger role. Second, this week’s entry documents a feature that relies on layers, specifically layer effects. And third, you layer fans who are waiting until the last minute can include Feature #17: Layer Effects in your entry.
Lest you imagine layer effects to be somehow cheesy—their name is synonymous with drop shadows, after all—the ubiquitous FX are in fact one of Photoshop’s best functions. In addition to drop shadows, layer effects let you assemble credible compositions, render simple layers in dimension, and add ambient lighting. Speaking personally, I cannot imagine working in Photoshop without them.
In this week’s installment, I show you how to style the water droplet effect first documented in Feature #30, Actions. But this time, I employ a different background image, culled from image vendor Fotolia. I speak of file #4747429 from Coka. For an exclusive dekeOnline deal, click this link.
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