Brave New Blending Styles: Four

Here’s simple ‘Style’ applied to an Ellipse Shape.
This gives the appearence of a glass eye or camera lens affect.
Most effective style’s are created using extreme combinations. Follow along this series, you’ll see just what I mean.

  1. Start off with a new document (mine 366×364) , next hit the ‘D’ key on your keyboard to set the foreground to ‘Black’, then from the ‘Toolbar’ choose the ‘Ellipse Tool’ and draw (hold the ‘Shift’ key to constrain to proportion) an ellipse. (Size of my Ellipse is 319×319 pixels)

    NOTE: To get the actual size of your shape, Ctrl + click on that particular layer in the ‘Layers Palette’ to select it. Then go ‘Window/Info’ and under the ‘Info’ tab check the actual ‘W: & H:’ values to see if they resemble my values. I only stress this point becuase the a big difference in your values at this stage will produce a different result once you apply the different styles. So try to get close!

    If you an exact match, then once you have drawn your shape, hit the ‘T’ key to select the ‘Transform Tool’. With the ‘Info Panel’ still open, click on a corner Transform point and scale in the direction until those values in the ‘Info Panel’ match 319×319.

  2. Next right-click on the shape layer in the ‘Layers Palette’ and choose ‘Blending Options’ from the context menu options.
  3. Set the Master blending style options as I have captured here.
  4. Next, set the ‘Drop Shadow’ options as I have captured.
    ‘Blend Mode’ color =’#000000′. ‘Contour’=’Linear’ from the default contour list..
    NOTE: Mouse over the thumbnail contours to a context sensitve description.

  5. Next, set the ‘Inner Glow’ options as I have captured.
    ‘Blend Mode’ color =’#000000′.
  6. Next, set the ‘Bevel & Emboss’ as I have captured.
    ‘Shadow Mode’ color=#000000.
  7. Next set the ‘Contour’ style.
    Again pay attention to the contour used.

    To create the ‘Contour’ curve that I used, click on the Contour thumbnail map to bring up the ‘Contour Editor’ and recreate what I have captured.

  8. Next, set the ‘Satin’ style.
    Blend Mode color=#ffffff. ‘Contour=’Rounded Shape’ from the default list.
  9. Next, set the ‘Gradient’ style.
    Gradient =’#22A2ED to #ffffff’, ‘Diamond’ style.

  10. Finally, set the ‘Stroke’ style.
    Gradient =’#000000 to #ffffff’ (Black/White)

And heres the final result.

Minesweeper Metaball

Combine some prefab shapes and some layer styles helped create this minesweeper meta ball effect.

  1. Start a new document (your preset choice)
  2. Set a foreground color of your choice. I used a dark color #4A515D.
  3. Select the ‘Ellipse Tool (U)’ from the Toolbar.
  4. Activate the Options Bar’ ‘Shape Layers’ feature.
  5. Then click and drag (hold the Shift key to constrain to proportions) to draw your circular shape.

Next, lets create a new ‘star’ shape.

  1. Set a foreground color of your choice. I used the same dark color #4A515D as above.
  2. Select the ‘Polygon Tool (U)’ from the Toolbar.
  3. Activate the Options Bar’ ‘Shape Layers’ feature.
  4. Set the Polygon Geometry settings as I have captured to create the Star shape.
  5. Then click and drag (hold the Shift key to constrain to proportions) to draw your star shape.

Try to place the Star shape to the center of the underlying ellipse shape so that some of the spikes appear to jut out from the ellipse’ edge.

You should now have two Shape layers in document and layers palette view as I have captured below.

Next we will create a selection from the Ellipse shape and apply it as a Layer Mask to the Star shape.

  1. Ctrl+click on the Ellipse Shape ‘Vector Mask Thumbnail'(highlighted red below), and a selection will appear as I have captured below.
  2. Shift + Ctrl+I to inverse the Selection. Select Shape Layer 2. Then hit the Layer Mask icon (highlighted orange) at the bottom of the Layers Palette.
  3. Will create a Layer Mask for the Star Shape.

Toggle the Visibility Icon (highlighted in Yellow) to see what the above Layer Mask step accomplished.

As a final step before applying the Layer Styles, lets apply a Gaussian Blur to this newly added Layer Mask.

  1. Select the ‘Layer Mask’ Thumbnail of Star Shape. (highlighted Yellow below)
  2. Then ‘Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur’ and apply settings as I have captured. This will enhance the Layer Style effects.

I will spare you the detail screen captures of all the Layer Styles used (as captured below) and have you download the original .psd for this tutorial.

Download mine-metaball

Explore with the styles within the zipped .psd file.

Below are other variations/examples.

Brave New Blending Styles: Two

1. Here’s simple ‘Style’ applied to an Ellipse Shape.
Most effective style’s are created using extreme combinations. Follow along this series, you’ll see just what I mean.

2. Start off with a new document (mine 366×364) , next hit the ‘D’ key on your keyboard to set the foreground to ‘Black’, then from the ‘Toolbar’ choose the ‘Ellipse Tool’ and draw (hold the ‘Shift’ key to constrain to proportion) an ellipse. (Size of my Ellipse is 319×319 pixels)

NOTE: To get the actual size of your shape, Ctrl + click on that particular layer in the ‘Layers Palette’ to select it. Then go ‘Window/Info’ and under the ‘Info’ tab check the actual ‘W: & H:’ values to see if they resemble my values. I only stress this point becuase the a big difference in your values at this stage will produce a different result once you apply the different styles. So try to get close!
If you an exact match, then once you have drawn your shape, hit the ‘T’ key to select the ‘Transform Tool’. With the ‘Info Panel’ still open, click on a corner Transform point and scale in the direction until those values in the ‘Info Panel’ match 319×319.

3. Next right-click on the shape layer in the ‘Layers Palette’ and choose ‘Blending Options’ from the context menu options.

4. Set the Master blending style options as I have captured here.

5. Next, set the ‘Inner Glow’ options as I have captured.
Blend Mode color =#76D2F8. Pay attention to my choice of ‘Contour’.

To create the ‘Contour’ curve that I used, click on the Contour thumbnail map to bring up the ‘Contour Editor’ and recreate what I have captured.

6. Next, set the ‘Bevel & Emboss’ as I have captured.
‘Shadow Mode’ color=#3A73A8.

To create the ‘Contour’ curve that I used, click on the Contour thumbnail map to bring up the ‘Contour Editor’ and recreate what I have captured.

7. Next set the ‘Contour’ style.
Again pay attention to the contour used.

To create the ‘Contour’ curve that I used, click on the Contour thumbnail map to bring up the ‘Contour Editor’ and recreate what I have captured.

8. Next, set the ‘Satin’ style.
Blend Mode color=#7E8796.

9. Next, set the ‘Gradient’ style.
‘Black to White’, ‘Radial’ style.

10. And heres the final result.

Brave New Blending Styles: Five

Here’s simple ‘Style’ applied to an Ellipse Shape.
Applying a knockout to the center and using a Satin Layer Style makes for a neat object.

  1. Start off with a new document (mine 341×313) , next hit the ‘D’ key on your keyboard to set the foreground to ‘Black’, then hit the ‘X’ key to reverse it to White, then from the ‘Toolbar’ choose the ‘Ellipse Tool’ and draw (hold the ‘Shift’ key to constrain to proportion) an ellipse. (Size of my Ellipse is 388×388 pixels)

    NOTE: To get the actual size of your shape, Ctrl + click on that particular layer in the ‘Layers Palette’ to select it. Then go ‘Window/Info’ and under the ‘Info’ tab check the actual ‘W: & H:’ values to see if they resemble my values. I only stress this point becuase the a big difference in your values at this stage will produce a different result once you apply the different styles. So try to get close!

    If you an exact match, then once you have drawn your shape, hit the ‘T’ key to select the ‘Transform Tool’. With the ‘Info Panel’ still open, click on a corner Transform point and scale in the direction until those values in the ‘Info Panel’ match 319×319.

  2. Next go to the Options bar at the top and choose ‘Subtract From Shape Layer’ and draw another Ellipse shape to the center of the previous one.
  3. Next right-click on the shape layer in the ‘Layers Palette’ and choose ‘Blending Options’ from the context menu options.
  4. Set the Bevel & Emboss options as I have captured here.
  5. Next, set the Contour to the Map as I have captured.

    To create the ‘Contour’ curve that I used, click on the Contour thumbnail map to bring up the ‘Contour Editor’ and recreate what I have captured.

  6. Next, set the ‘Satin’ options as I have captured.
    ‘Blend Mode’ color =’#3A4C70′.

Here’s the final shape.

And a variation with a different color.

Brave New Blending Styles: Seven

Here’s simple ‘Style’ applied to an Ellipse Shape.
Applying a knockout to the center and using a Satin Layer Style makes for this neat object.

  1. Start off with a new document (mine 341×313) , next hit the ‘D’ key on your keyboard to set the foreground to ‘Black’, then hit the ‘X’ key to reverse it to White, then from the ‘Toolbar’ choose the ‘Ellipse Tool’ and draw (hold the ‘Shift’ key to constrain to proportion) an ellipse. (Size of my Ellipse is 388×388 pixels)

    NOTE: To get the actual size of your shape, Ctrl + click on that particular layer in the ‘Layers Palette’ to select it. Then go ‘Window/Info’ and under the ‘Info’ tab check the actual ‘W: & H:’ values to see if they resemble my values. I only stress this point becuase the a big difference in your values at this stage will produce a different result once you apply the different styles. So try to get close!

    If you an exact match, then once you have drawn your shape, hit the ‘T’ key to select the ‘Transform Tool’. With the ‘Info Panel’ still open, click on a corner Transform point and scale in the direction until those values in the ‘Info Panel’ match 319×319.


  2. Next go to the Options bar at the top and choose ‘Subtract From Shape Layer’ and draw another Ellipse shape to the center of the previous one.

  3. Next right-click on the shape layer in the ‘Layers Palette’ and choose ‘Blending Options’ from the context menu options.

  4. Set the Inner Glow options as I have captured here.
    Blend Mode: #ACACA7


  5. Next, set the Bevel & Emboss as I have captured.
    Shadow Mode:#566E87

    To create the ‘Contour’ curve that I used, click on the Contour thumbnail map to bring up the ‘Contour Editor’ and recreate what I have captured.

  6. Next, set the ‘Contour’ options as I have captured.

  7. Next, set the ‘Satin’ options as I have captured.
    Blend Mode:#F34207

Here’s the final result.

Here’s a variation on the Satin Blend Mode:

Brave New Blending Styles: Three

1. Here’s simple ‘Style’ applied to an Ellipse Shape.
Most effective style’s are created using extreme combinations. Follow along this series, you’ll see just what I mean.

2. Start off with a new document (mine 366×364) , next hit the ‘D’ key on your keyboard to set the foreground to ‘Black’, then from the ‘Toolbar’ choose the ‘Ellipse Tool’ and draw (hold the ‘Shift’ key to constrain to proportion) an ellipse. (Size of my Ellipse is 319×319 pixels)

NOTE: To get the actual size of your shape, Ctrl + click on that particular layer in the ‘Layers Palette’ to select it. Then go ‘Window/Info’ and under the ‘Info’ tab check the actual ‘W: & H:’ values to see if they resemble my values. I only stress this point becuase the a big difference in your values at this stage will produce a different result once you apply the different styles. So try to get close!
If you an exact match, then once you have drawn your shape, hit the ‘T’ key to select the ‘Transform Tool’. With the ‘Info Panel’ still open, click on a corner Transform point and scale in the direction until those values in the ‘Info Panel’ match 319×319.

3. Next right-click on the shape layer in the ‘Layers Palette’ and choose ‘Blending Options’ from the context menu options.

4. Set the Master blending style options as I have captured here.

5. Next, set the ‘Inner Shadow’ options as I have captured.
‘Blend Mode’ color =’#000000′. ‘Contour’=’Cone’ from the default contour list..
NOTE: Mouse over the thumbnail contours to a context sensitve description.

6. Next, set the ‘Inner Glow’ options as I have captured.
‘Blend Mode’ color =’#76D2F8′. Pay attention to the custom ‘Contour’.
NOTE: Mouse over the thumbnail contours to a context sensitve description.

To create the ‘Contour’ curve that I used, click on the Contour thumbnail map to bring up the ‘Contour Editor’ and recreate what I have captured.

7. Next, set the ‘Bevel & Emboss’ as I have captured.
‘Shadow Mode’ color=#3A73A8.

To create the ‘Contour’ curve that I used, click on the Contour thumbnail map to bring up the ‘Contour Editor’ and recreate what I have captured.

8. Next set the ‘Contour’ style.
Again pay attention to the contour used.

To create the ‘Contour’ curve that I used, click on the Contour thumbnail map to bring up the ‘Contour Editor’ and recreate what I have captured.

9. Next, set the ‘Satin’ style.
Blend Mode color=#7E8796.

10. Next, set the ‘Gradient’ style.
‘Black to White’, ‘Radial’ style.

11. And heres the final result.