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Photoshop Quick Tip 2

Rasterizing layer effects and cleaning up the leftovers By Dave Nagel
This week in our series of quick tips on Adobe Photoshop 7, we look at how to rasterize layer effects. Why? Well, for one thing, you might want to bring your composition into another application that doesn't support Photoshop layer effects, such as many nonlinear editing, compositing and motion graphics applications. For another, you might need to generate an alpha channel that takes into account a layer's style effects, such as a drop shadow or outer glow. Whatever the reason, here's a quick way to do it.

Creating layers from effects
First, open up your Layers palette and select the layer that has the effects on it.

Now right click on one of the layer's effects listed in the Layers palette. (If you don't have a two-button mouse, click hold down the Control key as you click.) From the contextual menu that pops up, choose "Create Layers.

You may or may not receive a warning telling you that certain effects can't be reproduced using layers. You'll find out whether this applies to you soon enough.

After you've done this, you'll have a new layer for every effect that had been applied to the original layer.

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