For the past few weeks, we have been looking at Photoshop Styles. Here are links to past tutorials, in case you missed one:
- Using Styles to Stretch your Digi-Stash
- Exploring Patterns in Photoshop Styles
- Adjusting the Pattern Size in Photoshop Styles
Many of you have written to tell me that you like that I include, what I call, Style Strips in my Styles products. Many of you have also asked how to make your own Style Strips for Styles you own or ones that purchase from other designers. It’s very simple to do. Here’s how:
1. Here is a template that I created for my Style Strips. There are 6 squares, and each square is on it’s own layer. You can make your own template with as many or as few squares as you like, or you may download my template for your use at the bottom of this post.
2. Load or install the Photoshop Style that you wish to create a Strip for.
3. Go back to the template and replace the name of each layer (in my preview named “Product Name”) with the name of the Style you wish to create the Style Strip for.
4. With the first layer in the template selected, click on the first Style that is in the Style set you are using. In the image below, you will see that I am creating a Style Strip for my Leather Styles-Set 1, so I have changed the names of my layers to reflect that information. I have also applied the first Style in this Style Set to the first square.
5. To complete the Strip, I would just need to click on the next layer (SD_LeatherSet1-2) to make it active, then click on the Leather-Set1-2 Style in the Styles Panel to apply it to the 2nd rectangle (that is on the 2nd layer); then click on Layer 3, and so on.
6. Once the Strip has been completed, save as a PSD or TIFF, and file it in your choice of places. I like to keep my Style Strips together with everything else that goes with that product (.asl file, tutorials, and such).
Note: If you are creating a Strip that has more than 6 Styles in it: 1. Create a new document (size dependent upon how much space you need); drag the original template onto the new document; duplicate the number of layers (squares) that you need; create your Style Strip; crop the transparent pixels on your new document; and save as noted above.
Using Style Strips is helpful when you don’t want to load or install Styles. Just open the PSD (or TIFF, depending upon how the Strip is saved), right click on layer of the Style you want to use and choose the “Copy Layer Style” option. Right click on the layer you wish to apply the Style to and choose “Apply Layer Style.” Using Style Strips is especially helpful for those who have Photoshop Elements versions that do not allow “loading” of Styles.
I hope this little trick makes working with Styles easy and convenient for you!
Download my template here, or click on the image below, if you would like to use it.