Idiot Tip #1

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  1. Visual Idiot Visual Idiot

    Hi, thanks for coming to Idiot Tips 101. Just going to do a quick register before I start. Phil? Jake? Samantha? Stuart? sexygurl75? Good, you're all here. Right, let's get to it.

    Satin
    This one's a weird one. If you've left it on Photoshop's default settings, it's at a crazy angle, and although it's got a cool future-y vibe, it's going to make you look like a Comic Sans enthusiast.

    So, you're thinking, what's a good default, then? And what the hell do I use it for? Personally, I use it to give a nice shadow to buttons, like so: http://cl.ly/FOw9

    To achieve this, all you've got to do is:

    1. Change the angle to 0°.
    2. Set the distance to 2px and size to 10px (although I'd adjust to preference).
    3. Bam! Subtle shadowing effects.

    Here's the layer style window I use: http://cl.ly/FQmj

    Bevel and Emboss
    So the button we just made looks pretty good, but it could "pop" a bit more. BZZZT! Wrong answer. Ain't no such thing as pop, just more details. But the bevel tool, when used subtly, adds a whole new layer of detail.

    You know what? This one's a bit more practical, and definitely needs you to fine-tune it yourself. My only tip here is to never let the opacity on the style itself go over 25%. If you do, I'll hunt you down and krill you (that's right, I'll slap you in the face with a fish). Here's the layer style window: http://cl.ly/FQ8Z

    That's al— oh, you want the .gif again? Sigh. Here you go: http://cl.ly/FPoa

    Right, I'm going to go do whatever it is a panda teacher does when he's done with the day. Probably play some Xbox or eat bamboo. Best of luck in your layer style endeavours!

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  2. Pedro Pinto Pedro Pinto

    MOAR!!

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  3. Ari Ari

    Thank you, teacher.

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  4. Asher Asher

    They're a lot more than what meets the eye.This tutorial shows how they can be used to achieve complex metal shading.

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  5. Davey Heuser Davey Heuser

    That's helpful! Have fun eating bamboo

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  6. Kristy Marcinová Kristy Marcinová

    Thank you for this 101, quite useful indeed :)

    On a side note... *phew* I guess I'm not the only one who can't stand the look of 'em when I see someone using default styles or changes all the default settings of layer styles immediately... Or uses the term "default look" in a sentence, e.g. "Look at that default look of that shadow! Ugh, I hate '120% 5px 0% 5px'." ;)

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  7. Alexander Toth Alexander Toth

    Idiot Tips 101 sounds like a newsletter or site I would definitely subscribe to...

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  8. Daniel Eden Daniel Eden

    Good show old chap. Pip pip.

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  9. Louis Bullock Louis Bullock

    @Visual Idiot Solid tip, I'll definitely keep this in mind :) You have the best sense of humour of any designer by far haha!

    @Asher That's awesome! I never knew you could create a shiny metal effect :D

    @Chris Veto It's sexygurl75_4_eva_sxcbabe_x_hawt@hotmail.com

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  10. Daryl Ginn Daryl Ginn

    @Louis Bullock Lmao. I think I know her.

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  11. Yogev Gevi Marotz Yogev Gevi Marotz

    f#*k yeah!

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  12. Flavius Mihaiu Flavius Mihaiu

    I thought this was common knowledge :P But thanks anyway.

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  13. Alden Haley Alden Haley

    asl?

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  14. Adam Tolman Adam Tolman

    Not sure which I like more, the commentary or the tutorial.

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  15. Jack Doyle Jack Doyle

    This is fantastic, great help for newbies like myself. PLEASE keep these coming, teach us how to drop shadow properly ;)

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  16. Luke Alford Luke Alford

    satin as I call it pluto, never gets talked about or used. GJ =)

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  17. Jared Erondu Jared Erondu

    font por favor

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  18. Marco Moreno Marco Moreno

    My hard disk ate my homework. =( I'll do some make up work tonight! Thanks Teach.

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  19. Adam Safar Adam Safar

    Thanks a lot for this!

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  20. Max Litvin Max Litvin

    Heh, neeed more :) Thanks!

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  21. Visual Idiot Visual Idiot

    @Jared Erondu Uni Sans!

    Thanks guys, happy to know I have some knowledge to impart or something.

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  22. Louis Bullock Louis Bullock

    @Daryl :D

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  23. Adam Amran Adam Amran

    Awesome, thanks for sharing this!

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  24. Tim de Groot Tim de Groot

    Your writing style always put a smile on my face ;)
    Thanks for the insight!

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  25. Daniel Sandvik Daniel Sandvik

    Thanks, Sensei

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