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Layer style presets

Layer style presets are pre-made combinations of layer styles that you can apply to automatically customize your selected layer with one or multiple styles. Pixelmator Pro comes with a number of presets for you to choose from and you can easily create and save your own.

Apply a layer style preset
  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. Select the layer or layers you would like to edit.
  3. Select a style from the list of presets at the top of the Tool Options pane. Click the Collection pop-up menu to browse different style preset collections.

Note: The layer style presets cannot be applied to transparent layers or selections.

Save a combination of layer styles as a preset

With the help of presets, you can save the specific layer styles and their settings applied to one layer and instantly apply them to others in the same or a newly created document.

  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. Apply and customize any number of layer styles.
  3. Do any of the following:
    • Click next to the Collection pop-up menu and choose Add Preset.
    • Click in any layer style collection to save the style preset to that collection.
Redefine a layer style preset

If you’d like to overwrite or update an existing preset with new settings, you can redefine it.

  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. Apply and customize any number of layer styles.
  3. In the list of layer style presets, Control ⌃ – click a preset and choose Redefine.
Rename a layer style preset

You can give the presets a distinguishable name or rename the default presets that come with Pixelmator Pro.

  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. Apply and customize any number of layer styles.
  3. In the list of layer style presets, Control ⌃ – click a preset and choose Rename.
  4. Enter a new name and click Rename.
Delete a layer style preset

If you’ve accidentally duplicated a layer style preset or if you’d simply like to delete a preset you no longer use, you can remove it from the Presets bar.

  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. In the list of layer style presets, Control ⌃ – click a preset and choose Remove.

Share a layer style preset

If you’d like to share a layer style preset with others or use it in Pixelmator Pro on another Mac, you can export it.

  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. Drag and drop a preset from the list of layer style presets onto the desktop or into a Finder window.
  3. Share the .layerstyles file with someone else via email or any other way you like.
Share a collection of layer style presets

If you’d like to share your entire collection of layer style presets with others or use the presets in Pixelmator Pro on another Mac, you can export them.

  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. In the Collection pop-up, select the collection you want to share.
  3. Click next to the Collection pop-up menu and choose Export.
  4. Share the .layerstyles file with someone else via email or any other way you like.
Reset all layer style presets to default

Resetting all the layer style presets to default removes any custom presets and returns all the default presets that come with Pixelmator Pro.

  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. Click next to the Collection pop-up menu, hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard and choose Reset All.

Create a new style presets collection
  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. Click next to the Collection pop-up menu and choose New Collection.

Rename a layer style presets collection
  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. In the Collection pop-up, select the collection you want to rename.
  3. Click next to the Collection pop-up menu and choose New Collection.
  4. Enter a new name and click Rename.
Delete a layer style presets collection

If you’ve accidentally duplicated a layer style preset or if you’d simply like to delete a preset you no longer use, you can remove it from the presetss.

  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. In the Collection pop-up, select the collection you want to rename.

  3. Click next to the Collection pop-up menu and choose Remove.
Share your entire library of layer style presets

If you’d like to share your entire library of layer style presets with others or use the presets in Pixelmator Pro on another Mac, you can export them.

  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. Click next to the Collection pop-up menu, hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard and choose Export.
  3. Share the .layerstyles file with someone else via email or any other way you like.
Import layer style presets
  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. Click next to the Collection pop-up menu, hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard and choose Import.
  3. Browse your Mac for a .layerstyles file to import.
Show or hide presets
  1. Choose the Style tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Style (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the S key on your keyboard.
  2. Drag the line that separates presets from the Add Style button up to hide the presets, or drag it down to reveal or expand the presets section.

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