Drop Shadow Photoshop

Definition of drop shadow Photoshop

The drop shadow is an effect designed often on images for advertising, web pages or catalog photographs. The drop shadow can also be called box shadow. It is created on Photoshop by the addition of a custom shadow to a background after separation of the image object from the background. The background can be substituted or modified, at times, it can be deleted. An illusion of the object floating in space is created as a resulting effect of the drop shadow.

Here is a tutorial that teaches you step by step on how to add real shadows to your images and texts to make your subject fits better to get the right shape and perspective of the shadows on any background color of photo with the use of Photoshop cc software. The drop shadow add an easily noticed depth to the layers of your images and text through an illusion of the object floating in space.

How to add shadow in Photoshop cc

To add shadow to an image on Photoshop, the first thing to do is to start Photoshop,
Select window > workspace > essentials on the menu bar.


Make sure the tool bars and layer pallet are available and open. The layer pallet appears when you select essentials. If it does not appear, navigate to the menu bar and click windows and then click on layers on the drop down menu.

Open the picture you want to edit in Photoshop. To make your image ready for editing, press control A on your keyboard or click select on the menu bar and then click all to select all.  The marching ant of Photoshop will appear round the edges of your image,


then press control C to copy the image or select the edit icon on the menu bar and then click on copy to copy the image.

To open the new image panel, press control N on your keyboard or select the file icon on the menu bar and click on new. Save your new image with a name and choose the background you want, then click ok.

Select the edit icon on the menu bar and click on paste or press control V to paste your image which is now ready to be edited. Do not forget to close your original image so that you will be left with the image to be edited.

Two layers will be displayed on the layer pallet, the first one is the background while the other one is layer one which is the image layer. A visibility icon is present at the right of each of the layer pallet, this icon looks like an eye and it controls whether the layer is shown on the screen or not.


It can be used in turning the layer on or off, it cannot be used in deleting layers, but to control if you want it to be visible or not.
It is advisable to duplicate your image layer in case you make mistakes. To do this, click once on the layer one to highlight it and then click on duplicate layer icon to get another copy of your layer one.

Then enter work layer in your duplicate panel and click ok to add the new work layer to your layer pallet. Do not forget to turn off that layer by clicking the layer one eye
Select your work layer and then click on the zoom tool on the tool bar to enlarge your image to a size convenient enough for you to work.

To apply your drop shadow, click on layer on the menu bar and select layer style from the drop-down menu, then click drop shadow on the menu.


Then customize the drop shadow to your utmost satisfaction. You can do this by selecting the blend mode to create a specialized appearance, control the level of opacity you want the shadow to have. You should adjust the level of light that creates the shadow too and make sure it suits what you want.


Then select the distance between the shadow and the image to control how far the shadow spreads, select a size for the shadow and pick the specified contours of the shadow effects.
When you are satisfied with the just added shadow effect, click ok and save your image which now has a drop shadow.

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