P: Multiple and reorder/sort effects/styles

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LEGEND ,
Apr 08, 2011 Apr 08, 2011

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I would love to be able to have 2 different drop shadows, inner shadows, gradients etc in a single layer. Very often I have to dupe the layer, put 0 fill and apply extra styles that way. It's inconvenient and messy, especially when trying to apply the same effect onto other layers.

Also, it would be great if I were able to sort the effects. Meaning, I could put drop shadow above or below inner shadow, stroke above the inner shadow and bevel, etc.

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LEGEND , Sep 12, 2015 Sep 12, 2015
Multiple layer styles for several of the commonly requested types is implemented in Photoshop CC 2015.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 08, 2011 Apr 08, 2011

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Allowing layer effects to be rearranged and having multiple instances can reduce complexity and layer duplication.

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Participant ,
Apr 10, 2011 Apr 10, 2011

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I'd like this, too. I imagine it'd open up quite a few code and UI challenges. Plus, there'd be lots of Layer Style orders that wouldn't make sense or look good... but I'd still like a way to have multiples.

More powerful layer styles would mean using less layers and faster editing.

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Community Beginner ,
May 18, 2011 May 18, 2011

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Idea: I want freedom from the confines of the style options dialogue box!

Right now, when you double click a random layer, you get to change styles like 'Drop Shadow', 'Outer Glow', etc...

You should allow us to drag and drop these styles in different order. And changing the order of these style 'layers' acts like changing the order of your projects 'layers'. Your Drop Shadow can visually be underneath or above the Outer Glow. Also, allow us to duplicate these 'layers', like the Drop Shadow, to make more changes that are visually interesting. Or add as many Strokes as you want. Or delete layers...

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New Here ,
Feb 03, 2012 Feb 03, 2012

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It would be great if layer style effects could be duplicated and rearranged. It would give everybody huge flexibility. Pleeeeease))

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LEGEND ,
Feb 24, 2012 Feb 24, 2012

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It would be easier than you might think: all Photoshop needs to do is create layers behind the scenes that stack effects in the order and quantity that we want them. Users of older Photoshop versions would open the file and see a bunch of layers with similar names, but to users of the new Photoshop it would just look like one layer. This would require absolutely no changes to the way Photoshop stores information, it would simply be a UI change.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 24, 2012 Feb 24, 2012

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This is a feature request to revamp the way layer effects are stacked.


Currently, layer effects can only be stacked in a specific order, and there can only be one instance of each effect. To get around this, we designers have to create duplicates of layers--sometimes dozens of duplicates--in order to apply the layer effects in the order and quantity that we desire. Illustrator does effect stacking the way it should be done. We need the same thing in Photoshop.


I'm a UI Designer. I and others like me use layer effects extensively to create awesome visual elements in our interface designs. But managing hundreds of layers becomes massively time consuming, especially when a change to one layer means we have to change all the copies of that layer. If we could stack effects instead of layers, we could drastically reduce the amount of busywork we have to do.


It would also be great if we could change the default values of layer effects (global lighting, anyone?), but that's another topic.


There is no reason this couldn't be backward-compatible; If "maximize compatibility" is turned on, Photoshop could simply do the same thing that we do today (duplicating layers), but it would do so invisibly and we would only work with a single "master" layer (which to the user is indistinguishable from a regular layer). Then, in older versions of Photoshop, all those effect layers would still be visible and editable.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 25, 2012 Feb 25, 2012

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In Photoshop, it would be a great help to be able to re-order the layer styles... It's inconvenient to create new layers just because inner glows block out edge patterns, for example.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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It'd be great if you could re-order layer styles.

For instance say I had a square with a 10px stroke and drop shadow applied to it and I wanted the drop shadow to be over the stoke effect. We should be able to move styles up or down.

Make sense?

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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I would love the ability to stack/rearrange layer styles. As others have mentioned, I run into situations all the time where I would like to use a drop shadow more than once, in different directions, and I end up having to duplicate the layer just to achieve the desired effect.

People on dribbble have expressed desire for this feature as well: http://dribbble.com/shots/301992-Stac...

It could be as simple as right clicking "Drop shadow" in the layer styles window, having an option that says "duplicate style", and then showing an item in list of styles called "Drop shadow 2". Or there could be a + button somewhere in the window that lets you add more of any type of style to this particular layer.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 27, 2012 Mar 27, 2012

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This would make my life SO much easier. Particularly moving other effects on top of a stroke and multiple drop shadows. I've actually had to use over 10 duplicates of a shape layer in the past to get a desired style before. Every UI design I do ends up having duplicate layers for something because of this.

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New Here ,
Mar 28, 2012 Mar 28, 2012

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I think everyone has explained this pretty well. I would love multiple layer styles and an adjustable stack order would be fantastic.

I wonder how the existing stack orders were determined?

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LEGEND ,
Mar 29, 2012 Mar 29, 2012

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Sometimes it sure would be handy if we could just put color overlay in front of gradient overlay (..and such), wouldn't it? 🙂

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New Here ,
Apr 03, 2012 Apr 03, 2012

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I'm posting to add support to this much needed feature request.
Not to bash Photoshop (because it's awesome) but I feel like photoshop is looked at by Adobe primarily as a photo editing/retouching tool, and then a UI design tool second.
Overlooking this 'Multiple layer Effect' request is evidence of this.

Html+Css allows elements to have multiple drop shadows, rgba semi transparent borders etc, and allows us to stack them in any order. We need our deign tool to be able to do the same, and it doesn't.

even stacking layers on top of each other, stacking the effects, has slight pixel multiplies and edge imperfections that doesn't 100% work.

Please Photoshop: a lot of us are using your app to design UI. Please add this feature.

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New Here ,
Apr 20, 2012 Apr 20, 2012

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I would like to be able to changed the stacking order of layer effects in the effects panel with drag and drop. For example, if I have a thick stroke applied to text, 10 pixels for example, if I choose to also use an outer glow I want the outer glow to appear on top of the stroke.

This doesn't seem to be something I've seen requested before which leads me to think there is a simply way to do it.

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New Here ,
Apr 26, 2012 Apr 26, 2012

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THIS Feature would really rock! Totally agree on that - often having trouble with duplicates of layers.
This would make my life soo much easier and make my work with photoshop so much more convenient.

I'm soo happy seeing others requesting the features I dream of 🙂

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LEGEND ,
May 09, 2012 May 09, 2012

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It would be great to be able to add more than one specific layer style to one layer. Consider I want 5px red inner stroke and 10px black outer stroke with 50% opacity at the same time. Also, I would like to be able to move the layer styles up and down so that my "gradient overlay" layer style with 50% opacity can be over my "color overlay" layer style. Now I have to duplicate the layer in order to achieve this and I guess it is an unnecessary effort.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 09, 2012 Jul 09, 2012

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Yes! I was thinking about this feature too couple of weeks ago and I'm glad I'm not the only one needing it.

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Explorer ,
Dec 05, 2012 Dec 05, 2012

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Jeez this site is a hassle. I just wanted to hit +1. It made me log in with my Adobe ID, which failed like, 5 times in a row (ajax issues, stuck, not my connection, something on your side) and then had me go to my email to verify myself - and it ended up sending me two emails.

Really, just to press +1?

Anyway, I wholeheartedly endorse the idea of re-arrangeable layer styles. It's something that would make life lots easier.

Especially when combined with "linked layer styles", so that we can edit something once, and it'll change everywhere. But that's a different topic, I guess.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 09, 2013 Jan 09, 2013

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LEGEND ,
Jan 10, 2013 Jan 10, 2013

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Exactly what I was thinking!

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New Here ,
Jan 10, 2013 Jan 10, 2013

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That's how to do it! how can we get this in front of Adobe. Nice work. I'd also like to be able to add another, and another, and another of each Effect, so for example I would end up with 2 or 3 stroke layers on top of each other. Roy do you feel like UI designing this for us too? 🙂

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LEGEND ,
Jan 10, 2013 Jan 10, 2013

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I think it should be the exact same principle as in the layers panel. Two buttons below this list one for adding new effects (dropdown) and one for deleting selected effects.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 10, 2013 Jan 10, 2013

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@stuart OB & Björn Pehrsson: Something like this?

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New Here ,
Jan 10, 2013 Jan 10, 2013

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Now that is what Adobe need to do! Nice one Roy. I hope they get to see this. Perfect

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LEGEND ,
Jan 11, 2013 Jan 11, 2013

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+1 Perfect. Needed.

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