Cool Photoshop Styles

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Cool Photoshop Styles
Among Adobe Photoshop's elements, styles provide options for layers. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Adobe Photoshop constantly updates its graphics software and gives artists customisable options, such as brushes, actions, gradients and styles. With these features, artists upload custom packs that allow for easier building of layers and effects. Most Photoshop tutorial websites provide styles under a resources section, but Adobe's website also provides a ranked order of Photoshop styles that you sort by newest, most popular and highest rated. Some of these Photoshop styles are not free, but the majority allow you to download for free, if for private use.

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Websites use buttons to draw the viewer's attention to a link. Photoshop styles capitalise on making realistic buttons with glassy exteriors and dimensional shading. The TNT Psd Buttons style pack on Adobe's website received a lot of reviews and downloads, making it one of the more popular styles featured on the website as of 2011. Digital artists also find button styles on the 1st Web Designer and Graphic Mania websites.


A freeware Photoshop style with a lot of recognition is the SL-Baltic Sea Glass on Adobe's website. With 16 different styles, the layers provided a polished glass look for text and shapes, which allows you to create interesting headers with different fonts. An all-in-one Photoshop style contains fonts and layers, so you mix and match all sorts of textures and filters. This pack is also available for free download from Adobe. PhotoshopRoadmap also provides styles for fonts, including Joyful Text Styles, which gives text a cartoony look.

Water Drops

The water drop adds a degree of realism to digital designs that play around with splashing water and nature landscapes. With this style, you can create dewdrops on flowers, rain on windows and even sweat on human skin. The TT Water Drop style is available for free from Adobe and is a top-rated download as of May 2011. FreePSDFiles has six different water drop styles for free download, which allow you to create more than one type of drip for your image.


If you want to create a realistic texture for a wall, ground cover or skin, then layer styles give you options for rust, metal, wood and more. The rust Photoshop styles on Adobe's website are top-rated with more than 30,000 downloads as of May 2011, and allow you to add rust spots, stains, grunge and dirt to your images. Lord of Design has reptile skin styles that allow you to create gritty textures with dimensional imaging, and the downloads are free.

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