Installing Layer Styles in PSE

Installing layer styles in PSE can be a little confusing, so I’ve created this step-by-step guide to help you out. This guide is for PC only.

Make sure PSE is closed.

Make sure you have your folder with your styles and metadata.xml document open (you’ll need to copy and paste these files in a minute).

Open a new Windows Explorer window. You can just open your documents folder to do this. In the address bar at the top, click to the right of the file location and paste this: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\9.0\Photo Creations\layer styles  (be sure to change the PSE version number, if needed).

Flip back to the folder with your styles, and select both the .asl and .xml files and copy them.

Flip to the explorer window where you have your PSE files open and paste the .asl and .xml files there.

Once your styles and XML file are copied, click in the address bar of the explorer window again and paste this location: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\9.0\Locale\en_us  (again, change the version number, if needed).

Locate the file named MediaDatabase.db3 and rename the file to MediaDatabase.old (you may receive a warning that changing the file name will make it unusable–this is ok because we want to force PSE to rebuild the database).

Close the explorer windows and open PSE.

PSE will now go through the process of rebuilding the effects database. This could take a while. Once the database has rebuilt, you should be able to navigate to your newly installed layer style in the Effects pane.

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