Layer Styles' Hidden Feature?
I guess everyone knows that you can copy/paste layer styles through the menu
Layer → Layer Style → Copy/Paste Layer Style. But what I missed is a function that will paste effects by adding them to the current layer instead of replacing everything. Let me show the example.
Let’s say you have a circle on your canvas with
Stroke effect on it and you have in your clipboard style with
Inner Shadow. If you’ll paste it via default
Paste Layer Style it will replace everything and leave you with sad circle with
Not cool. Sometimes I need to apply one global layer style effect (Drop Shadow for example) to few layers that are already have their own layer styles. I have to do add this style manually. Tedious process.
So, to solve this problem I decided to write a script.
When I made it, as usual I wanted to assign hotkey to it. As I wrote before, for working with Layer Styles I have these shortcuts:
cmd+ctrl+c — Copy Layer Style
cmd+ctrl+v — Paste Layer Style
cmd+ctrl+x — Clear Styles
cmd+ctrl+t — Scale Effects
And I decided to assign to the script hotkey
Imagine my face, when Photoshop showed me this warning:
Photoshop already has this function! And it has same hotkey that I wanted to assign to my script!
But the most interesting thing is that there’s no such menu item in Photoshop at all. Like they made function, but didn’t added it to the GUI. I guess that’s why warning says, that we can’t assign different hotkey to the “Paste layer effects without replacing the current effects”—we just can’t access this functon in the
Keyboard Shortcuts… dialog.
The essence of the post in one picture
So, this time instead of script I have a hotkey for you:
Unfortunately, I don’t know analog combination for the Windows. We tried with my brother to press instead of cmd: grey alt, shift — nothing happened. If someone will find such hotkey for Windows — please reach me out on Twitter or in comments, I’ll update the post.
UPDATE: It’s not about
cmd+alt+ctrl+v. It’s about setting up any hotkey for the
Paste Layer Style and then adding
alt when using it. For example, if you have
Paste Layer Style you will have to hit
Paste layer effects without replacing. So this should work both on Mac or PC
I wonder what other hidden functions Photoshop actually have.
Imagine what if …
B-…but… of course no… No. There’s no such function guys. And don’t try to find it. Okay?