Introducton to Adobe Photoshop Drop Shadows

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Make It Float

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Do it with a drop shadow.

Resize The Canvas

The current Photoshop canvas size is too small to encompass the drop shadow area. Increase it by approximately 10% and put the size increase to the right and bottom of the image (Image > Canvas Size >).

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Continuation: Use the sample as a guide

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Turn the new Shadow into the Drop Shadow Layer.

  1. Relabel Shadow to Drop Shadow.

  2. Nudge the Drop Shadow into position.

  3. Blur the Drop Shadow image to soften the lighting.

  4. Lower the "Layers Opacity" to 44%. This works especially well with texture backgrounds. It allows the texture to show through the shadow creating a very believable drop shadow.

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Click Next to learn about creating a frame with Bevel.


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