How to Create a Real Drop Shadow in Photoshop with Layer Styles

Shadows have always fascinated me. We are inseparable. We can never run away from it.

So let’s have some Photoshop fun with shadows.

In this 4m 23s YouTube video (under 5 mins), A.J. Wood takes us through the simple steps.

 

The tutorial starts at 45s. If you already know how to cut out the figure using Magic Wand & Refine Edge, skip to 1:53.

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SKILL LEVEL    Easy

TOOLS

  • Magic Wand selection  / Refine Edge
  • fx / Drop Shadow
  • Free Transform & Warp

 

Steps summarised for the busy person

  1. Cut out the figure to a New layer with Magic wand & Refine Edge
  2. Select the New layer.
  3. Click on fx (at bottom of Layer Panel) / Drop Shadow to create the shadow
  4. Set Opacity to 100% and Size to 10 to soften the shadow.
  5. Separate the Drop Shadow from the actual layer (Right click on Drop Shadow / Create Layer)
  6. Select the Shadow layer
  7. Do Free Transform (Ctrl+T) & Warp the shadow
  8. Soften the shadow by setting layer opacity to 50%

 

If you are compositing images & need to recreate shadows, this method will come in handy.

There are many ways to create a shadow. Sometimes, it is just painted on with a brush but you need to understand light very well before you attempt to do so.

If you are just beginning to learn Photoshop, try this for a quick fun project.

As always, if you find this tip useful & helpful, do click Like and let me have your feedback in the comments.

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One comment on “How to Create a Real Drop Shadow in Photoshop with Layer Styles

  1. Pingback: How to Create a Real Drop Shadow in Photoshop with Layer Styles | newbietechaid

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