Photoshop: Ability to mask individual layer style elements such as Drop Shadow, Outer Glow, etc

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Is there a feature request form for Photoshop these days? It's been that long since I was using the latest version (I upgraded from CS4 to CS5.5 a month or so back) that I can't remember how this works.

Here is my suggestion for a new Photoshop feature: why not allow layer masks on individual layer style elements such as Drop Shadow etc, rather than just on the whole image

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Paul Riggott

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You can do this now to some extent, right click on the effects in the layers palette and choose Create Layers. You can now add a mask to the individual effects.
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Jonathan Harris

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Hi Paul

Yes I'm aware of Create-Layers - however it would be much better to not have to create the layers!! This is what I'm after (sorry probably should have said)

The object being to maintain as much flexibility in the file as possible (without having to keep 'build' layers with their visibility turned off etc)

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I sometimes need a drop shadow, but only the bottom part of it. Or I need an inner glow, but slightly less of it at the top of the layer. Being able to mask each effect would open a lot of amazing possibilities!

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I've assigned keyboard shortcuts to Create Layers and actions to give them masks (because I find myself doing it all the time), but that workflow is too hard to back out of. It'd be great to have a mask like smart filters have, then I'd only have to separate the effects into layers when things got really complex.

I don't know if most people just use layer styles for design or text, but I've found millions of uses for them in retouching, products and people. Okay, maybe hundreds.
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This is how to mask an fx filter overlay
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bartek r

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The thing you're looking for is in the layer styles. Double click on the layer's effects and mark layer mask hides effects. Then just make a mask on that later and done.

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That only works with single effects. Since there's no way to stack layer effects, each with their own unique mask, that technique doesn't work.