The Drop Shadow tool is one of the most simple and easy to use tools in Photoshop. It gives an object a look of depth to a photo and adds a level of polish.
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In this tutorial we’ll show you how to add a drop shadow to the subject within an image, but this technique can also be used to add this feature to text.
When opening the image to edit, you’ll see in the window two layers, one with the object and the other contains the background layer.
Select the photo object layer and choose Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow to apply.
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Select the Effects option so the Effect pallet appears. Then click the Layer Style icon.
With the Layer Style window open, check the Drop Shadow box from the Styles menu and a list of more options appears, enabling you to choose additional effects like Inner Shadow, Outer Shadow, and Inner Glow.
You can also change the structure and quality of the shadow by selecting a the Blend Mode > Multiply from drop-down menu.
To increase or decrease the transparency of the drop shadow, change the Opacity by using the slide bar or entering the percentage in the option box.
You can add a lighting effect to the drop shadow by increasing or decreasing the percentage of the Angle Option.
As the Distance Option is moved on the slider, it changes the position of the shadow.
The Spread Option should be used sparingly, as the quality decreases the higher the setting.
The Size setting allows you to control the shadow’s size, with a small setting the drop shadow appears sharper, and as the setting size increases, the drop shadow begins to blur.
Use the Contour and Anti-aliased option to control the quality of the shadow. The contour curve displays how the shadow fades from drop shadow to transparency. Anti-alias mergers the edges of the contour and provides a clean finish.
The final step is checking the box “Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow” that controls the visibility of the drop shadow. And you’re done!