5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 15, 2016 5:04 PM by jane-e

    InDesign vs Photoshop Layer Styles?

    incblotter

      Does InDesign support asl files, or have anything comparable to Photoshop Layer Styles?

       

      Having just discovered Photoshop Layer Styles, I want to apply similar effects within InDesign (as it handles type so much better!).

        • 1. Re: InDesign vs Photoshop Layer Styles?
          jane-e Adobe Community Professional

          InDesign treats it differently. It has an Effects panel. Effects can be applied to the Object | Stroke | Fill | Text.

           

          You can create an Object Style in the Object Styles panel.

           

           

           

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          • 2. Re: InDesign vs Photoshop Layer Styles?
            Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            There is no equivalence between Photoshop layer styles (which are pixel-based) an InDesign effects (which are applied to objects).

             

            But you can create similar effects with the InDesign Effects panel—drop shadows, inner shadow, outer glow, inner glow, bevel and emboss, satin, basic feather, directional feather, gradient feather

            • 3. Re: InDesign vs Photoshop Layer Styles?
              incblotter Level 1

              Thanks jane-e and Steve! I'm familiar with the effects panel in InDesign, at least to a fairly basic level.

               

              What I was hoping to achieve was to use the Photoshop Layer Styles (asl files) from this Watercolor bundle directly within InDesign (or find out if InDesign had anything comparable to asl files): https://creativemarket.com/Nickylaatz/260509-The-Mammoth!-Watercolour-Kit

               

              For example, I'd like to quickly create one layer in InDesign and fill it with the paper texture. The next layer would be for text, and I would like to apply a watercolour style to the type. I'm guessing the best approach is to work between the two programs to achieve the desired result – just wanted to explore the option of bypassing Photoshop.

              • 4. Re: InDesign vs Photoshop Layer Styles?
                Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                Hi,

                you could perhaps fake something like a layer style if you are working with:

                 

                1. Dedicated layers (perhaps intended and applied only for dedicated pages)

                2. Placed objects with effects on this layer on every master covering the whole page area

                 

                I did this once to very roughly simulate a "gray" representation of my work on a page.

                 

                Here a screenshot where I "sandwiched" some layers.

                The locked layers contain contents on the masters only.

                The layer in the middle contains contents on page 1.

                 

                The rectangle filled with swatch "[Registration]" at the top layer with an effect applied is only working in tandem with a rectangle filled with [Paper] stacked below in the background.

                 

                Note: Output would be a gray looking CMYK and not in grayscale if a standard PDF/X preset with a CMYK ICC profile is used.

                As I said, it's only a fake for screen representation.

                 

                All the objects on the locked layers are covering the page area only halfway to show the difference.

                View is "Overprint Preview".

                 

                SandwichedLayers-Effects-Top-WhiteBackground.png

                 

                Regards,
                Uwe

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                • 5. Re: InDesign vs Photoshop Layer Styles?
                  jane-e Adobe Community Professional

                  incblotter wrote:

                   

                  Thanks jane-e and Steve! I'm familiar with the effects panel in InDesign, at least to a fairly basic level.

                   

                  What I was hoping to achieve was to use the Photoshop Layer Styles (asl files) from this Watercolor bundle directly within InDesign (or find out if InDesign had anything comparable to asl files): https://creativemarket.com/Nickylaatz/260509-The-Mammoth!-Watercolour-Kit

                   

                  For example, I'd like to quickly create one layer in InDesign and fill it with the paper texture. The next layer would be for text, and I would like to apply a watercolour style to the type. I'm guessing the best approach is to work between the two programs to achieve the desired result – just wanted to explore the option of bypassing Photoshop.

                   

                   

                   

                  You're welcome! Thanks for clarifying. You will need to do that in Photoshop and place it into InDesign.

                   

                   

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