Have you ever applied a style to a piece of text in Adobe Photoshop? If you have, you know that you can do some pretty remarkable things. Personally, the effects I reach for most are strokes and shadows, but really, anything is at my fingertips. From bevels to glows and overlays to textures, the sky’s the limit.
In today’s post, I’d like to show you how you can apply various effects to text in Photoshop and then pull those affects apart from the text. Basically, when you type out the text, it gets applied to its own layer in the Layers panel. After you apply the effects, those effects are seamlessly attached to the text, in the same exact layer. It’s almost as if the text and the effects are one unit. The fact of the matter is that this isn’t true. The effects are actually separate from the text and with one simple command, they can be transferred to their own individual layers. It’s pretty remarkable and once you know that this type of thing is possible, the design world opens right up.
For this post, I’ll be working with one simple word, which is “EFFECT.” I know, I know, I’m very boring. I hope my boringness helps you learn something though. I’ll type it out with the Impact font at 170pt. Also, I’ll set a tracking of 50. Here’s what the word looks like.
Applying Some Effects
I’ve decided to go with a simple stroke and shadow for this text. I don’t want to go nuts here and both of these effects are very straightforward. To apply them, I’ll double-click in the gray area of the layer in the Layers panel and after doing that, the Layer Style Palette will appear.
From here, I’ll apply the effects in question and then I’ll click on the OK button finish up.
This is the result of my efforts.
Pulling the Effects Away From the Text
To split the effects from the original text is easy. All I need to do is right-click on the small Fx icon that sits to the right of the text layer and when the menu appears, click on the Create Layers option.
After I do that, I’ll see each effect (or style) in its own layer. Check it out.
And if I select each layer and move it around, I can do something like this.
For now though, I’ll keep things the way they are.
You may be asking why anyone might want to do something like this. Well, I’ll tell you that once the effects have been separated from the original text, we can get creative with each one. As a quick example, I’ll keep the stroke where it’s supposed to be, but I’ll transform the shadow. To do this, I’ll head up to the Edit > Transform > Distort menu and click.
And then I’ll distort things somewhat.
And then I’ll move the shadow and reduce the opacity slightly and I’ll have myself a graphic that looks entirely different than it originally looked. Even the mood is different.
I know this is very rudimentary, but I hope you get the idea.
And that, my friends, is how you separate out effects from original text in Photoshop.
I hope I clearly explained how to convert layer effects into their own layers in Adobe Photoshop. If you have any questions regarding this post, please leave them for me in the comment section down below. Thanks for reading!