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Default layer effects are evil

This very short tutorial is  to express my belief in the fact that default layer effects settings in photoshop are really bad. Each setting (bland mode, size, angle, etc) should be always carefully tuned to fit into general style of your design. Shown left is 2 text layers with 2 effects, drop shadow and bevel. Here I simply turned them on...

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... and here I spent another couple of seconds to set up effects in the way I liked. Moral? No effects look better than too much effects.

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Comments {29}

Aneesh long ago
Your Right man

Brandon long ago
"No effects look better than too much effects." YES! Spread the word!

LÖDD long ago
WTF

Secret lover long ago
I love you!

Vlad Gerasimov long ago
Hm. You're right! I didn't think about that. the full title should say " Default layer effects are evil (when desigining for web and screen)" :)

Famme long ago
I really, really agree! The default layer effects settings in photoshop are awfull! //Famme

Mincetro long ago
I agree, I never use defaalt fonts either, Unless I have to in which case I use Verdana.

joost long ago
je weet toch, gast.

kymera long ago
so true

Aneesh long ago
Simply superb

Deviant 1 March 2008
Cheers man

Mo 10 June 2008
you are right. sometimes it is easyer to make your own shadow and your own effect than take the photoshop ones. most of the times less is more.

Marge 1 May 2009
You need to elaborate on your very important tip. When you apply a shadow or bevel, a blue 'fx' shows up on the right side of the layer in the Layer palette. Double-click on that fx and you get all kinds of settings to 'work' with.

dark 21 November 2009
i realy don'l like it!

AHMED 5 June 2012
AHMED LOVER

ashok long ago
Its amazing. I never seen this kind of tutor like it. Thank You so very much.

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Ïî¾äðàâ èç Ñðáè¼å !!

ASHOK long ago
I want my name with beautiful background...

ramoz long ago
Wow,

kavehjaanam long ago
this is really interesting!!!

Christ long ago
I only agree in some extents! Because the default effect is not used for everything in every size. In your example, the world "TEXT" is too small so the effect looks too much. I have experienced sometime i only used default setting also can create decent graphic.

venkatesh long ago
fantastic toooooo beautiful

joost long ago
ja ja, nou nou.

Charlyk-Marlyk long ago
(Y)

Vitaly long ago
Спасибо, большое, спасибо... Еще, Еще, Еще!

tired shebi 29 December 2008
where the hell are the customized effects u described then...

lawrence77 3 July 2009
wow..... Speechless.... :)

imro 11 November 2009
what effects did you use and how can i get them?

Kodez 2 December 2009
I spent about an hour I didn't have looking through all your stuff. I have to say, I'm just starting out myself, (Graphic Designer in training) and well, I hope to only achieve what you have, my friend. Some of these are amazing. Good tip with the None is better than too much!

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