Workflow Wednesday: Using FX Styles in Adobe Photoshop

I'm super excited to share this super easy tutorial with you today! I love using fx styles on my journal cards! They are seriously one click away from drab to fab! (not that the designs I'm working with are drab... just that I like to give them a little bit of personality) Again, I'm using Just Jaimee's June 2014 Storyteller Collection for this tutorial.

Heather Greenwood | Using FX Styles in Adobe Photoshop


FX styles are the ".asl" file that you need to install. I have lots of favorite fx styles, including my favorite drop shadow styles and painterly styles. In Photoshop CS it is super easy to install. You just double click on the file and they will show up in your styles manager.

Heather Greenwood | Using FX Styles in Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop Elements, on the other hand, is not so easy to install. I have to admit that this was a major selling point for me to upgrade to the full version of Photoshop. That means, I've been away from Elements for quite awhile, so I won't be able to answer any questions in regards to the install. Don't worry though, I'm not leaving you hanging. Here is a link I found for how to install them in PSE. Most fx styles come with a "metadata.xml" file that you will need for the install.


Once you've had them installed, you can just click on them. In Photoshop, you can only use one style at a time. This is nice for clicking through them to see which one you like the best.

Heather Greenwood | Using FX Styles in Adobe Photoshop


What if you want to use more than one and layer on the styles. To do this you will have to turn your layer into a smart object and then you can add another layer style. You can do this over and over again, until you have it the way you want it.

Heather Greenwood | Using FX Styles in Adobe Photoshop

Have fun playing with this, it truly is one of my favorite things to do to change the look of my cards before I print them. 

Heather Greenwood | Using FX Styles in Adobe Photoshop


Here is a list of some of my favorite fx styles to use!

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