Apply or edit a custom layer style

Step:1 Select a single layer from the Layers panel.

Step:2 Do one of the following:

-:Double-click the layer, outside the layer name or thumbnail.

-:Click the Add a Layer Style icon   at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose an effect from the list.

-:Choose an effect from the Layer > Layer Style submenu.

-:To edit an existing style, double-click an effect displayed below the layer name in the Layers panel. (Click the triangle next to the Add a Layer Style icon   to display the effects contained in the style.)

Step:3 Set effect options in the Layer Style dialog box.

Step:4 Add other effects to the style, if needed. In the Layer Style dialog box, click the check box to the      left of the effect name to add the effect without selecting it.

Using Filters from the Filter Gallery in Photoshop CS3

In Photoshop, Filter Gallery is basically a one-stop place to work with filters in your documents. In Filter Gallery, you can find many different types of filters, apply them individually to your images and also you can stack them on top of one another like you would with layers. You can Find Filter Gallery by going Filter > Gallery.

Look at the quick overview of Filter Gallery:

Filter Gallery Interface

A. Filter Preview

B. Filter List

C. Currently Selected Filter

D. Filter Options

E. Effect Layers

F. New / Delete Effect Layer

What’s New in ProShow Gold 4

1. New Interface: the look of the version 4 is more cleaner and a bit batter than version 3.

2. Audio editing Improved. It’s now easier to adjust your music to fit your show.

3. Post Video directly to YouTube

4. Slide Styles. If you want to use motion in your slide shows, slide styles are a great excuse to pay for an upgrade to

version 4.

How to Cut Out Images Like a Professional in Photoshop

Step 1
Find a picture that you want to cut out. The one I’m using can be found at

Step 2
Set the Foreground color to Black and the Background color to White.

Step 3
Select the brush tool and set your Master Diameter to 10px and your Hardness to 0%.

Step 4
Unlock the layer, then add a layer mask to the photo.

Step 5
Zoom in close and use the brush tool to outline your image. Hold down shift for long straight areas. (I usually hold down shift practically the whole way through to get a natural/flowing line.) If you want to get the smaller parts, you can change the size of your brush to a size smaller than 10px.

Step 6
When you’re done, hold down OPTION (ALT for Windows) and CLICK (at the same time) the layer mask. Be sure you’re clicking the mask on the layer and not just the layer itself. Once you click, this is what your image should look like.

Step 7
Select the Magic Wand tool and make sure Contiguous is checked and Anti-alias is not checked. Then click the outside white area (aka the area you don’t want in the picture). Also be sure to add other areas of the image that might get left out to the selection, such as the middle part in between the two stems.

Step 8
Go to the the toolbar and go to SELECT > MODIFY > EXPAND and change it to 5px.

Step 9
Change the Background color to black and then press the Delete key.

Step 10
There will still probably be a few tiny areas that I didn’t get, such as in the corners of the flowers. So in that case, I will go back and take my 5px brush and fill in those sections to make them black. Make sure the foreground is Black when you’re doing this. You can hold down Option and Click at the same time on the layer mask itself to go back and fourth to see the actual image.

Step 11
When you’re finally done cutting it out, go ahead and hold down Option and Click at the same time on the layer mask itself and that’s it. You’re done!