Have you ever thought to yourself… “BAH! I wish I could take that drop shadow off that object and use it in another spot.” If you have wished it, then odds are someone else has wished for the same thing. Thankfully, the Photoshop crew is one step ahead of us!
To be perfectly honest with you, I didn’t even know about this till I saw it in a tutorial a few months ago. It was a face-palm moment… Up to this point, I was just making the object transparent and using the drop shadow that way. LOL! Scratch that… this is WAY easier…
You can get to this action one of two ways. You can go to the menu bar across the top and choose Layer > Layer Styles > Create Layer
OR you can hover over the layer style you would like to separate and click while holding down the Control key. The layer style menu will drop out of it. Then choose “Create Layer”
The layer style is now on it’s own editable layer! SWEET!
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