Photoshop CS6: Rasterizing layer styles

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In photoshop CS5, you could rasterize layer styles into multiple layers (e.g. have the drop shadow layer apart from the layer it's applied to.).

In CS6, it appears this functionality has changed. Now when rasterizing layer styles, it combines the effect-layer and the layer to which it is applied into one single layer.

That's not very convenient. The only reason for wanting to rasterize layer styles is so you can make small adjustments to them. For example, make a drop shadow, rasterize it, and erase just a small portion of it (because it sticks out on the wrong side or something).

With this new behaviour, you could maybe use the history brush, but that's unusable to a layer that had a mask applied, because that'll be flattened too.

Is there a way to reverse this behaviour? Or any other tip on how to do things like this now?


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Joost de Haas

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Dan Smith

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Sounds like you want Layer>Layer Style>Create Layers
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Abby Lockhart

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love you - thanks so much
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Aemi Daniels

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you have no idea how much this was irritating me!