Layer styles are as useful as they are fun. You can do something as simple as adding a stroke or changing the color of the layer, or something as crazy as making things look like they’re made out of melting steel or glowing with radiation. Once you’ve put the effort into crafting a custom layer style for a layer, you can easily reuse it on another layer, or even multiple layers. Yes, you could create a preset, but this is even quicker. 

To duplicate a layer style, hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key, click on the name of the layer style in the Layers panel, and drag-and-drop it on the layer to which you want to copy it. As simple as that, the layer style is now duplicated. If you want to move it to another layer and not copy it, just drag it without holding any modifier key.

This tip previously published in the February, 2021 issue of Photoshop User magazine in Colin Smith’s “Photoshop Tips” column.

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