Click to see a larger version.To load a custom style launch the Preset Manager by going to the Edit menu and then clicking on Preset Manager.
Click the image to see a larger versionWhen the Preset Manager has launched, click the Preset Type: dropdown menu, and choose Styles, next click the Load button.
Click the image to see a larger versionNext navigate to the file and select it, next click on the Load button.
Click the image to see a larger versionTo apply the style you've just downloaded, just double-click on the layer (in the Layers panel) you want to apply it to which brings up the Layer Style dialog box, there select Styles in the list to the left, and in the middle area scroll down to the bottom of the list (may look different, but in either case, the last loaded style/styles should be at the end/bottom) and select the style to apply it to the current layer. Then edit/check any setting you may want to change and click OK when you're done.
- Effects may be better suited to a certain type of layer, some effects work best on photos, some on text layers or objects. For the best results check the example image I provide to see what kind of effect it is.
- Effects often give very different results depending on the size of the image, in most cases it's simply a matter of editing the effect to fit the size of your document/layer. I will provide a note on which dimension the style is designed for, if your document is larger raise sizes and vice versa. If you still can't get the effect to look the same way as in my example please tell me in the comments and I'll try to help you.
- Many effects rely on there being transparent pixels on the layer, if you try to apply an effect that's been designed for a layer with transparent pixels to a layer that covers the entire canvas, please be aware that it may not at all look like you expect it to.
- Layer styles can not be applied to the background layer, to apply styles to it you must first convert it to a normal layer. There are a multitude of ways to do that, but one of the easiest is to hold down the Alt key and double click on the layer in the Layers panel, that converts it to a normal layer with the name "Layer 0".
That's it for this guide, good luck with trying out some of the styles I provide and experiment to come up with your own. If there's anything above that's not clear to you please post a comment and I'll try to improve the guide to make it easier to understand (also if something is significantly different in another version I'd be glad if you'd tell me so I could point that out for users of that version).