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Photoshop Shadow Effect

The Shadow Effect in Photoshop

One of the essential abilities you need to have in Photoshop is the ability to take something that’s 2D and make it look 3D. Adding shadows in Photoshop is easy with the Photoshop Shadow Effect. The effect is everywhere now and expected in the presentation of most all work. Have a look at other useful Photoshop effects too.

How to add the Photoshop Shadow Effect

1. To make it easy, have everything that you want to have a shadow in one layer.

2. Then rasterize layer to have shadow. Do this by right clicking the layer you want to rasterize.

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3. Duplicate that layer. The shortcut is “command (or ctrl) J”

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4. Flip layer – Go to Edit>Transform>Flip Vertical while the layer is selected.

5. Position flipped image under upright image using move tool

Photoshop Select Tool
Photoshop select feather

6. Choose the select tool

7. Set Feather – This will affect the level of fade. For High resolution (300PPI) try a high feather around 50 px, For web images (72PPI) start at 10px

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8. Select most of the flipped image

9. Click delete one or two times

Finished Photoshop Shadow Effect

10. Adjust (lower) opacity to fit


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