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Working with effects

When working with effects, there are a couple useful things to know that will let you maximize your results. For example, you can rearrange the order of effects applied, temporarily disable specific effects, or even reset all the effects applied to a particular layer.

Rearrange the order of effects

If you apply two or more effects to a single layer, you can rearrange the order in which they are combined. For example, if you apply a Gaussian blur effect and a Kaleidoscope effect, putting the Gaussian effect on top will mean your original layer is tiled first, then the result is blurred.

  1. Click the name of the effect you’d like to arrange.

  2. Choose one of the following:

    • Send Forward: Sends the effect forward in the effect stack.
    • Send to Front: Sends the effect to the top of effect stack.
    • Send Backward: Sends the effect backward in the effect stack.
    • Send to Back: Sends the effect to the bottom of the effect stack.
Temporarily see the original layer without any effects
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Tools > Effects (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Press the F key on your keyboard.
  2. In the Layers sidebar, click to select the layer you'd like to see without any effect.

  3. Click and hold the Show Original button at the bottom of the Tool Options pane, or press the O key on your keyboard.

Temporarily turn off a single effect
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Tools > Effects (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Press the F key on your keyboard.
  2. In the Layers sidebar, click to select the layer you’d like to edit.

  3. Click the checkmark next to the name of the effect you’d like to turn off.

Remove an effect
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Tools > Effects (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Press the F key on your keyboard.
  2. In the Layers sidebar, click to select the layer you’d like to edit.

  3. Click the name of the effect you’d like to remove to reveal a pop-up menu, and choose Remove Effect.

Reset all effects applied to a layer

Do one of the following:

  • In the Layers sidebar, Control ⌃–click a layer and choose Effects > Reset Effects.
  • Choose Tools > Effects and click the Reset Effects button at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.
Flatten effects

Flattening all the effects applied to a layer can be useful when you’re happy with the way it looks and you’d like to resize the layer without the effect repeating beyond the edges of the layer (which happens with Tile effects, for example).

Do any of the following:

  • In the Layers sidebar, Control ⌃–click a layer and choose Effects > Flatten Effects.

  • Choose Tools > Effects, hold down the Option ⌥ key and click the Flatten Effects button at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.

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