3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 10, 2017 3:00 AM by davescm

    Layer Style Drop Shadow not working


      Hello, I am doing the classroom in a book (2015 edition) with CC2017 release and i am learning layer styles. I am trying to apply a drop shadow and inner stroke layer style to a layer (single layer, selected, not background) but only the stroke is working. The drop shadow doesn't appear at all.


      If anyone has the book i'm on page 306. Following the instructions to the letter. Did something extremely subtle change between 2015 and 2017? Am i missing something really obvious?! It's driving me crazy


      The drop shadow shows up on the little preview box and disappears if i uptick drop shadow, reappears if i tick it again. But for love nor money it will not apply it to the layer itself. What am I doing wrong?!


      Thank you very much for any help



        • 1. Re: Layer Style Drop Shadow not working
          davescm Adobe Community Professional

          I don't have the book but do have a couple of questions.


          1. Have you got some transparency around the pixels/shape on the layer you are working on to allow the shadow to show on the background. Can you post your layers panel (example below)



          2. What are your drop shadow settings? (Example below)



          • 2. Re: Layer Style Drop Shadow not working
            mysharonalee Level 1

            Hello Dave, thank you very much for replying to me. Here is are a couple of screen shots. I hope they are clear enough. The drop shadow applies to the little preview box if I leave the blend mode as 'screen' but disappears if i change the blend mode to 'multiply'. However, in either of these settings - the drop shadow doesn't apply to the layer at all. The layer i am trying to add the drop shadow to is the image on the left of the first screen shot - as you see there is no drop shadow (and still isn't after i press ok on these settings). I have the transparency on the layer you mentioned. I am extremely grateful for your help with this! Thank you!


            Screen Shot 2017-02-10 at 10.26.20.png


            Screen Shot 2017-02-10 at 10.27.56.png


            Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!! I have just figured it out - it's the COLOUR OF THE DROP SHADOW!!!! It's still white!!! Ahahahahaha. Hilariously i am used to following the book instructions to the letter, and on this page they miss out 'change the colour' and 'change mode to multiply'. When they miss something - i miss something!!!


            Wow - sometimes it's the really obvious things staring you in the face!!


            Right i'm going to make a cup of tea as apparently i need one and say again thank you very very much for your help with this and sorry for being such a twit!


            Thank you!



            • 3. Re: Layer Style Drop Shadow not working
              davescm Adobe Community Professional


              Don't worry - you're not the first, and won't be the last, to be scratching your head over something. No matter how much we use the program - occasionally we miss something simple . Glad you got it sorted.