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Install Layer Styles in Photoshop

The question’s been asked several times around Tutorial9, “How do I download and install these custom layer styles you provide?”, and rather than answering the same thing over and over, I thought it was a nice idea to settle the issue once and for all in a convienent post for everyone!

Download Layer Styles for Photoshop

If you’re not familiar with layer styles, you’ll probably want to read through our Tutorial on Layer Styles in Photoshop.

Installing Layer Styles is actually just like Installing Brushes and Custom Shapes.  Of course, the first thing you’ll need to do is actually download a Layer Style to use.  Some examples would include our very own:

There are also plenty of sites out there that also offer Photoshop Layer Styles.  I wouldn’t consider them nearly as important as Custom Shapes or Brushes (since they are usually replicated with ease), but they can be nice for speeding up workflow and making your life easier.

Make a note of where you save your files.  We’ll need to find them in the next part.

How To Install

From Photoshop, find your Styles Palette, and select it.  If it’s not visible, go to Window > Styles.

At the top right of the palette, there is an arrow pointing to the right.  Click on this arrow to bring up a menu.  From this menu, select Load Styles.

Now, simply browse to wherever you saved your styles, and load them.  You’ll see them populate the Styles Palette, and can then apply them as you would any other Style preset.

That’s it!


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    photoshop styles (-1 Points) March 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    And once they are loaded, they can be accessed directly from the menu. The styles can be anywhere, but it’s a good idea to put them in the Photoshop directory.

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    Thank you very much. This was useful.

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    mambus (2 Points) August 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Can these be used in elements 7?

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    Maybe you know the answer… When I want to load the custom shapes, in load menu I only have *.ASL file and as the shapes are .CSH it doesn’t see the files. What can I do?

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    Hector (1 Point) March 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Dave, I noticed when you were pointing out in the tutorial that where you can load these styles theres also the option to “Save” the style. Will that save it to the location you mentioned earlier under presets? so if I download a file and use it, if I save the preset from the styles window it just saves the style I used right?

    Thanks again for your work on the tutorials. I know it must be pretty exhaustive to build all this.

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    I’ve been looking all over for the text styles, and i can’t find anything anywhere, i don’t know what to type in google. Can someone give me a link to a good website for test styles?

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    แจกเพลง (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Great post . Thanks154

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Great post . Thanks147

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    เพลงสากลใหม่ (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Great post . Thanks142

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 11:09 am

    great tutorial . Thanks

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    supremegraphx (1 Point) July 7, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    tutorial9 is the best. i love you guys.i love they way you put the tutorials together. so neat. so clean. keep up the good work. i stay coming back to this site for frequent updates

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    AztKfullHD89 (1 Point) May 6, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Nice and straight to the point =P

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    Tiffany (1 Point) April 20, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I am thrilled to find your site. I wish I had found it months ago. You are great at tutorials. I am seriously loving your site. Thanks for all the work and free info.

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    thank u very much i love this toole

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    Vuongot (1 Point) October 24, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Yap, I have a same problem with Sam Syn and Wholooi .
    So if someone could fixxed this problem, please give us a solution for this problems.

    thank you! lolz

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    Me too, I have CS3 and having the same problem as Sam Syn problem. Any idea how to get away with it?

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    Sam Syn (0 Points) September 7, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I Know How To Load And Install The Styles..But Everytime I Do So, I Lose Whatever Styles I Created Myself.
    When I Load A New Styles It Asks If I Want To Save Any Other Previous Ones, An When I Click “Yes” It Says There Is a Problem Or Error
    So Everytime I Have To Re-do My Styles, Anyway To Fix That?
    I Have Photoshop CS3 Extended.

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    @Lisen: Yup, should work fine in both Windows and Mac!

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    Can the brushes be used with a Mac based photoshop?

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    Tom Sinclair (1 Point) August 17, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Been using for quite some time but a good quick tutorial David.

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    @muffins: You can manually move them to the Photoshop folder, which in some cases is helpful, as you can then easily load them from the drop down menu whenever you’d like to use them — rather than browse for the .asl file. Probably a good solution if you find you do a lot of resetting of your layers palette. However, simply loading them will not move any styles anywhere. They are loaded from the .asl file.

    For reference, the default folder for Photoshop’s Styles is: Program Files > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop (version) > Presets > Styles.

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    muffins (2 Points) August 12, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Will the layer styles be saved to the photoshop folders or will I have to keep the asl files wherever I loaded them from?

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