Photoshop CS6: My layer styles affects the borders of my document instead of my path.

  • 1
  • Problem
  • Updated 4 years ago
  • (Edited)
When I draw a path beginning on the background layer, I select the path, add a new layer, stroke the path, and then select a layer style. The layer style, in this case, Inner shadow, affects the borders of my document and shows such in the preview window. I currently have Photoshop CS6.
Photo of Dianne Hall

Dianne Hall

  • 4 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 4 years ago

  • 1
Photo of Chris Cox

Chris Cox

  • 20280 Posts
  • 812 Reply Likes
Double check the contents of the layer you are applying the style to. It sounds like the layer is the same size as the document (not just containing your stroke from the path).
Photo of Dianne Hall

Dianne Hall

  • 4 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
I've selected the path and the layer contains that portion of the path that I have selected. I don't understand what you're talking about.
Photo of Chris Cox

Chris Cox

  • 20280 Posts
  • 812 Reply Likes
Layer Styles apply to the layer that you apply them to -- and the layer style will follow the outline of the layer.

If the layer style is showing around the edges of the document, that means that the layer that they are applied to extends to the edges of the document.

So your layer isn't just the stroke you applied to the path - it extends to cover the entire document. So you need to double check your layer contents...
Photo of Dianne Hall

Dianne Hall

  • 4 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
I did..... the layer style always works on the path and has in the past. Bert Monroy does it all the time. I just wanted to know why mine stopped working.
Photo of Chris Cox

Chris Cox

  • 20280 Posts
  • 812 Reply Likes
Again, check your layer. The style applies to the layer, so if it applies to something unexpected - that means that you missed something about the context of your layer.
Photo of Dianne Hall

Dianne Hall

  • 4 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
My layer is checked and I'm afraid you may not understand graphics and paths. I understand what you're saying and it is of no help.
Photo of Chris Cox

Chris Cox

  • 20280 Posts
  • 812 Reply Likes
Yes, I understand graphics and paths quite well, along with everything else in Photoshop.
But the layer style has to follow the contents of the layer.
Photo of Jeffrey Tranberry

Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

  • 14049 Posts
  • 1735 Reply Likes
Can you post the file in question? (dropbox or other sharing)
Photo of PECourtejoie

PECourtejoie, Champion

  • 792 Posts
  • 283 Reply Likes
Hello, Dianne. What is the setting of the shape/patch tool, is it set on exclude? The two overlapping rectangles with a missing part?