Photoshop tip – layer style defaults in CS5

By Mike Berg / November 13th, 2011 / Game Art for Devs / No Comments

I recently upgraded to CS5 (finally), and just noticed this excellent and long-overdue button at the bottom of the Layer Styles window:

If you are ever using drop shadows, please set your default to “straight down” (90 degrees) and definitely no more than 50% opacity. Dark drop shadows are distracting. A good drop shadow is barely seen; it should pull your text off the background just a bit.