All About Photoshop Layer Styles

All About Photoshop Layer Styles
After making my recent tutorial about adding a simple border using layer styles, I started thinking about how much you can do just using that double click (just double click on the layer you want to edit in Photoshop). So much in fact that I decided to make a whole category in the tutorial table of contents just for layer styles, and I plan to be adding more tutorials as I think of them.

Layer styles includes everything from adding a drop shadow, to covering an element in glitter or turning something into metal. And the best part is that you can save and share your layer styles for future use. It was a year or two before I realized I could just save my preferred drop shadow style and then instantly add it to any element. Such a time saver! And great for consistency as well.

Currently here at Pixel Scrapper I just have a couple tutorials to help you along:

Also the glitter kits here at Pixel Scrapper all come with the .ASL layer style file so you can quickly and easily add glitter to a layer.

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But I thought it would also be good to point out some of my favorite resources from other designers. Layer styles are a great thing to invest in because you can use them over and over, and they are super quick and easy to use. I prefer them to actions which sometimes take a long time to run, and if you can get the same look with a layer style, excellent!

My favorite designer who creates excellent layer styles for purchase (and for commercial-use) is Mommyish Graphic Design. Her commercial use designs can be found at

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Another great layer styles designer is KimB. She also sells commercial use products at I own these great chipboard styles, and these other ones I've got my eye on!

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To help you get started both ladies have offered a layer styles freebie and a coupon to their store!

Check out this blog post from KimB for a these fun layer styles, and check her out at

KimB Freebie
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And Mommyish has this great soft plastic style for you to try out, and a coupon for her store (which she extended through Monday for us). And check out her informative tutorial for using layer styles.

Soft Plastic Style Freebie from Mommyish


I hope this info helps you get started with this great aspect of Photoshop! And please stop by this forum thread to share your own favorites and thoughts.

Recent Comments

Cecília Innecco
Cecília Innecco Wed, 02/17/2016 - 13:19


Sandra Jensen
Sandra Jensen Fri, 02/20/2015 - 23:41

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I plan on coming back to this blog post again and again!

Kristy Davis
Kristy Davis Mon, 02/16/2015 - 14:32

I love this blog post! I have so much to learn... really enjoying this blog so far!

Julie Higgins
Julie Higgins Sun, 04/06/2014 - 13:46

Thank you so much for this tutorial. It has really opened my eyes...

Robyn Denton
Robyn Denton Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:17

It's unbelievable the things that can be done with this software! Hopefully all this will work in PSE 11, too! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Nikki Hannan
Nikki Hannan Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:02

I must play around with styles this evening! Thanks for the tutorial xxx

Donna McVittie
Donna McVittie Fri, 01/17/2014 - 07:00

thank you this is really cool

Karina Debard
Karina Debard Tue, 12/31/2013 - 15:23

Wow, so many things to learn! Thank you very much for this tutorial :-)

Giada Erre
Giada Erre Mon, 10/07/2013 - 11:39

Thank you for this tutorial :)

Vanessa Deneen
Vanessa Deneen Sun, 07/28/2013 - 21:35

I love styles! I have so many downloaded. Haha. They are so useful. =]

scarlett Reed
scarlett Reed Fri, 04/19/2013 - 21:53

Oh I get it now!

Jennilyn Thiboult
Jennilyn Thiboult Tue, 03/26/2013 - 20:13

This just changed my life... new to PSE and everything I learn is like creating a whole new way to scrapbook... THANK YOU

Olivia Lee
Olivia Lee Wed, 03/13/2013 - 14:47

I wish I had this post back when I started digi-scrappin! Great information!

Carrie Barron
Carrie Barron Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:23

Thanks for sharing these resources. I'm looking forward to doing more with styles as I spend more time with my old but beloved Photoshop elements 7.

Jennifer Friesen
Jennifer Friesen Thu, 02/21/2013 - 07:26

This is so cool. Is this using Photoshop Elements? I think I heard her say that in the video. I have much to learn!

Jennifer Friesen
Jennifer Friesen Thu, 02/21/2013 - 07:26

This is so cool. Is this using Photoshop Elements? I think I heard her say that in the video. I have much to learn!

Sarah MacIntosh
Sarah MacIntosh Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:55

Thank you for sharing all of this! I've just started paying attention to layer styles and I went back and looked at some of my first lo's and realized that I made some horrible mistakes (i.e. shadows at different angles, etc.) So, I appreciate all the information you've shared!

Andrea Krell
Andrea Krell Fri, 02/01/2013 - 22:59

Yay! Thank you for the tutorials. I am brand new to styles and look forward to trying them out!

Shawna Adkerson
Shawna Adkerson Thu, 01/31/2013 - 14:25

Thanks for this fantastic amount of information for us. I personally have not worked with styles yet... so this will be a new world of being lost when I start to play around with it. :0 It took me a bit to learn to write an action and use them properly so this will be a fun tool to add to my arsenal!

Candy Lee
Candy Lee Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:12

Thank for all the great info...

Cat Armstrong
Cat Armstrong Wed, 01/30/2013 - 02:23

I'm starting to realize how how much I love styles. I don't use photoshop very much, but have started forcing myself to use it for more of my simple tasks. Hopefully, by the end of this year, I will be as fluent in photoshop as I am in Paintshop Pro. :) Thanks for all of this. :)

Rachel Erickson
Rachel Erickson Mon, 01/28/2013 - 08:51

This was a great idea for a tutorial! Thanks! I love Mommyish styles!

Beth Bayer
Beth Bayer Sun, 01/27/2013 - 19:20

Oh my gosh Marisa! What a great featured product. The freebie to try out is awesome. I am looking for a style that inks and glitters the edges of things. I would so use it like ALL THE TIME! xoxox Beth

Heidi Shafer
Heidi Shafer Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:22

Thanks for this tutorial!

Harriett Humphries
Harriett Humphries Sun, 01/27/2013 - 11:56

I certainly want to learn more about layer styles. Will these work in PSE?

Diana Lee
Diana Lee Sun, 01/27/2013 - 11:44

Thanx for the tips! =)

Lana Fischer
Lana Fischer Sun, 01/27/2013 - 05:20

I have been trying to learn more about styles...these tutorials will help me to understand them better. Thanks so much!