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Drop Shadow

Apr 22, 2013 12:14 PM



I have PSE7


I would like to know how I can add a drop shadow to an image in between the image and the color block. Any help would be appreciated.


Below is the image that I am using. I would like to add a shadow from the image on the left to appear on the purple color block.

Rings from 2013 Business Card.jpg

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    Apr 22, 2013 1:14 PM   in reply to ems3536

    If your picture and purple background are on separate layers, you can add a drop shadow to the picture layer.


    1. Make sure the picture layer is targeted in the layers panel


    2. Go to Window>Effects and then in the Effects panel click on Layer Styles and choose Drop Shadows from the drop-down list and select one of the preset effects.


    3. Adjust the shadow in the Style Settings dialog that pops up.


    4. If you want to readjust the shadow later you can double click on the small FX to the right of the picture layer to bring up the Style Settings dialog.





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    May 1, 2013 12:57 PM   in reply to ems3536

    Here's another way to create the shadow:

    With the Rectangular Marquee tool select the picture (minus the purple) and copy/paste it to a new layer.

    Select the same area again: Ctrl-click the new layer, or from the menu bar Select > Reselect.

    Add a blank layer and fill with black.

    On the black layer apply a Gaussian Blur.



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    May 7, 2013 11:52 AM   in reply to ems3536

    1. Ctrl-click the Layer 1 thumbnail in the Layers Palette to select just the picture portion. You will see the "marching" ants indicating the selection.


    2. Click the Background layer thumbnail to activate it


    3. Click the Create New layer icon to add a blank transparent layer between the Background layer and Layer 1. Note that the select is still active.


    4. Edit > Fill and select Black from the list.


    5. Deselect the selection: Select > Deselect, or Ctrl-D/


    5. Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and move the slider to get the amount of blur you want.

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