Studying the Satin Layer Style (Gloss)

Layer styles are a popular way to add effects without destroying the integrity of the layer. Having enough knowledge, you can achieve any result. However, for this you need to understand what each parameter is for and what effect it produces.
In this tutorial, you will learn everything about the satin layer style settings (gloss) and examples of its use. Let’s start!

Satin Application (Gloss)

Gloss is one of the most obscure layer styles, but if you know how to use it, you can create several completely different effects.
For example, to create the effect of silk or satin, giving additional depth and realism to metal and glass surfaces.

Dialog window

Satin (Gloss) creates two copies of your layer, then shifts them and blurs them to give the final result. It’s hard to imagine, but easy to understand when you see it in action.

In the dialog box of this style of the layer there are not so many parameters and you have already seen most of them. All we have to do is to see how they interact with each other.

Blend mode

Parameter Blend mode (Blend Mode) allows you to select an blend mode for your effect, and the color field is naturally a color.

Best to start with Linear burn (Linear dimmer) and black, or Linear dodge (Add) (Linear clarifier (Add)) with white color. This will allow us to see how Gloss works, and at the same time create a very realistic effect.
If you are unfamiliar with the actions of blending modes, I highly recommend paying attention to the article on the basics.

The example below shows that the use of white and Linear dodge (Add) (Linear clarifier (Add)) brightens the text, and the use of black and Linear burn (Linear dimmer) makes it darker.


A small value will create a softer effect, and an increase in opacity will make it more pronounced.

In the example below you can see the difference.


Parameter Angle (Angle) is responsible for the angle of the glance effect. You can enter a numeric value or drag the line with the mouse.

The following example may not be the most beautiful, but it clearly shows how the angle correction can change the look of your style. Using it in combination with other effects, Angle (Angle) can help you achieve a more realistic result.


Parameter Distance (Distance) is responsible for the offset distance of the effect. This is an extra help when you are trying to create a reflection for glass.

In the following example, you can see how a small increase in Distance (Distance) can give a more pronounced reflection on the glass text.

The size

Size (Size) sets the size of the blur Gloss. The higher the value, the greater the blur level. As a rule, a small value gives the most realistic result.

In the following example, a low Size (Size) makes the boundaries of the illuminated areas more rigid.


Contour curves are responsible for the decline of the Satin effect (Glitter). To begin with, a linear or S-curve will work best. A more dynamic outline allows you to achieve interesting reflection effects.
The Anti-aliased checkbox (Smoothing) smoothes hard edges, and the Invert checkbox turns the outline upside down.

In the following example, you can see how changing the contour creates brighter highlights and reflections.

Save and load default settings

You can save and load standard settings for each layer style. Clicking the Make Default button (Photoshop), Photoshop saves the current values ​​as the new standard for this effect.
By clicking Reset to Default, Photoshop will load any recently saved settings. This allows you to experiment and easily return to the default settings if you want to start over.

And lastly

From the link below you can download an example of using the Satin layer style in Polish in psd format.

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