In this video tutorial, learn how you can use the Layer Styles menu in Adobe After Effects for your next film or video project.
If you are familiar with Adobe Photoshop, then you may be well acquainted with Layer Styles. However, in After Effects the Layer Styles menu often goes unused because there are so many effects and parameters available. Each Layer Style offers a unique solution for your titles and layers. In this After Effects video tutorial, learn the purpose of each Layer Style and how to use them.
The Gradient Overlay style enables you to use multiple colors to create a smooth transition from one color to another across your title. Be sure to click on “Edit Gradient” to adjust the colors.
This is a very simple Layer Style — the Color Overlay option transforms the color of the title from one color to another.
Very straight forward: the stroke Layer Style creates an outline around titles and objects.
Bevel and Emboss
The best method for quickly creating 3D titles is using the Bevel and Emboss style. This Layer Style gives you the option to increase and control the depth of your title.
There’s a Drop Shadow effect under the “Effects” tab. However, you can easily group your Layer Styles together by using the Drop Shadow as a style rather than an effect. The Drop Shadow applies a nice shadow behind your title.
Similar to the Drop Shadow style, the Inner Shadow produces a thin shadow within your title. Using the Inner Shadow creates depth and contrast in your title elements.
Inner Glow & Outer Glow
The main difference between the shadow and the glow Layer Styles is the blending mode option. The Inner Glow and Outer Glow styles allow you to create a glow around your title using using blend modes.
Lastly, the Satin effect darkens the interior portion of titles and objects and helps create undefined contrast.
Overall, Layer Styles allow After Effects users to create detailed titles and objects that stand apart from regular design. Each Layer Style is uniquely organized to stack among the other styles. So, there’s no need to worry about organization, like you would need to with effects.