How to Manage Preset Styles in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

Photoshop CS6 offers you a multitude of preset styles. Here are some points to remember when using the Styles panel. You can do any of the following:

  • Load another Style preset library. In the Styles panel, the Style picker drop-down panel in the Options bar, or the Styles panel in the Layer Style dialog box, you can select Load Styles from the panel menu to add a library to your current preset list. Select the library and click Load.

    You can also select Replace Styles. Even easier, just select a preset library from the bottom of the menu and click OK to replace or append your current list.

  • Use the Preset Manager to load Style preset libraries. You can also rename, delete, and save whole libraries of presets.

  • Return to the default library of presets. Select Reset Styles from the Styles panel menu.

  • From the Styles panel menu, select a viewing option for your panel. You can select Small or Large Thumbnail or Small or Large List. And, of course, there’s also Text Only, but what fun is it if you can’t see the presets?

  • Rename a preset style. Although there are a lot of ways to rename a preset style, it’s easiest to double-click the style in the Styles panel. If you’re in Thumbnail view, type a new name in the dialog box and click OK. If the view is set to Small List or Large List, simply type a new name in the Styles panel and press Enter (Return on the Mac).

  • Save a set of preset styles as a library. Select Save Styles from the Styles panel menu, from the Styles panel of the Layer Style dialog box menu. Name the library, navigate to the Styles folder in the Presets folder in the Photoshop folder, and click Save.

  • Delete a preset style. Drag the style to the Trash icon in the Styles panel or Alt-click (Option-click on the Mac) the style. You can also select Delete Style from the Styles panel of the Layer Style dialog box.

  • Clear a style (that is, remove it from the layer). Select your desired layer in the Layers panel and click the Clear Style button in the Styles panel. You can also click the Default Style (None) swatch in the stand-alone Styles panel.