Layer Styles allow you to save a set of stylistic elements, that can be reused across any of the layers in the document you’re working in, or any other document with Libraries. Layer Styles allow you to make sure that the styles of similar layers are always kept consistent and up to date, if you make changes to their appearance.
Creating a Style
To create a Layer Style, select a layer, and choose Layer › Create new Layer Style from the menu, or click the text that reads “No Layer Style” in the Inspector and choose Create new Layer Style from the menu.
Once selected, you’ll be prompted to give your Layer Style a name before the style is created. You will then see the Inspector updates to show you the new Layer Style created using the selected layer’s properties.
When you modify any part of the style, such as the fill, border, shadow, etc you will see an asterisk (*) appear next to the Layer Style’s name. This means that the style has been modified and you can choose to update any other layers who share the same style.
Clicking the style’s name in the Inspector will reveal a pop-up menu containing a couple of options;
- Update Layer Style: Will apply the changes made to that layer to any other layers using the same style
- Reset Layer Style: Will remove the changes made to that layer’s style
- Create new Layer Style: Will take the changes made, and apply those to a new style that can be applied to other layers
- Detach from Layer Style: Will keep the changes you’ve made to that layer but removes the Layer Style attribute from the layer
Layer Styles can only be created from shape layers. Text layers have their own Text Styles and behave in exactly the same way.
Applying a Layer Style
To apply an existing Layer Style to a layer, select it and click the “No Layer Style” label in the Inspector to reveal a pop-up menu showing you the available Layer Styles from your document, and from any enabled Libraries.
As well as living locally as part of your document, a Layer Style can also belong to a Library. Please check out the Library Styles page to see how they work.