How to Load Photoshop Layer Styles

What are Photoshop Styles?

Photoshop Layer Styles provide different effects to a layer’s content in a non-destructive manner. You can edit Styles, change them, or remove them.

There are hundreds of different effects you can achieve using Styles. Here are just a few examples:  shadows, metals, bevels, textures, acrylic, glitter, and paper.  You will find a variety of my Styles at Karen Schulz Designs. 

Both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements come with a default set of Styles, which can be fun to experiment with, especially if you are new to Styles and wonder what they are all about.

Where are the default Photoshop Styles?

  • In Photoshop, if you do not see the Styles Panel, go to Window in the top menu bar, and click on Styles.
  • In Photoshop Elements (PSE), you will see the Styles panel icon at the bottom right, when you are in Expert mode. (PSE 2018).

How to Load Photoshop Styles:

So you’ve purchased a Style that you want to use. Now what?

Styles come in .asl format, so that is the file you want to look for. This is what you will see inside my unzipped Watercolor 04 Styles pack.

There are multiple ways to load Styles in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Here are 4 ways. Try them and decide what works best for you.

  1. Left-click on the .asl file and drag and drop it onto the Photoshop canvas. (Photoshop and PSE)
  2. When in the Styles Panel, click on the 3 horizontal lines at the top right of the panel. Select “Load Styles” or “Import Styles. (depending upon which version of Photoshop you are using) in the pop-out box.  A window will open. Navigate to where you have the .asl file you want to load. Click on it to select it, then click on the “Load” button. (Photoshop and PSE)
  3. I use ACDSee to organize my digi-supplies. In ACDSee, you can double-click on a .asl file and have it automatically load into Photoshop. (Photoshop and PSE)
  4. If you are a Mac user, if you double-click on a .asl file, it will automatically Load into Photoshop. (Photoshop only)

Watercolor Styles 04, which was used in this tutorial, can be found at:

Karen Schulz Designs   |   GingerScraps   |   Oscraps

Installing Styles is quick and easy; and I hope this has helped make the process easy to understand.

Karen Schulz

Karen Schulz

Comments (2)

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