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Layer styles are useful because of their parametric and their non-destructive natures.
Smart Filters are useful, but require the creation of a smart object beforehand.
I'd like to suggest new layer styles, of commonly used effects, that would help to automate time-consuming tasks.
Cast Shadow would simulate the shadow casted by a light placed in front or behind the object/layer.
It would use most of the controls found on the proposed Mirror layer style (point of origin, distance, angle, blurring, fade, shrinking, enlarging...)
I hope that other users will chime in with proposed refinements, or create other threads with additional (useful and feasible) layer styles they'd like to see.
Currently the drop shadow filter acts as if the object was floating above the surface it drops the shadow to on a same hight at every point. But the objects generally are standing vertically on the ground. In order for shadow truly to be a shadow, a viewer horizon should be possible to set and the position of the light source.
If two simple sliders could be added to the shadow filter. Angle and level of horizon and angle and location of light source.
Thank you! This is more like a feature request. I know, I can turn the image upraight, copy a layer and feather the selection out and fill it with black and then apply perspective, skew and free transform respectively and then restore the object angle but would not it be nice if it was incorporated in the shadow filter.
That is as if it was a actual photoshop where position of ligth and level and angle of camera can be moved around freely.
Also, when rotating a layer, it would be nice if paths could also be rotated along with it. Logically it can be achieved by rotating the crop but it is a bit cumbersome. Would not it be nice to have rotate paths checkbox in the layers list. Or if there were more than one path, then just list them in the layers list so thay can be added to a multimple selection.
Drop Shadow is an amazing photo editing effect. After doing clipping path this effect can be imparted to an image for boosting the visual appearance as well as making it eye-catching. Because a beautiful image can easily draw the audience's attention than this is not.
Check out: https://www.behance.net/gallery/136284153/Shadowify-2-by-Simon-Henke
Yes such a good idea
Simon Henke's plug in is amazing!
This plugin looks really nice and powerful! The advantage of Layer styles is that their settings can be changed, they can be dragged and dropped, saved in Styles, they even work in other programs...