How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

The topic of this article is how to create a shadow in Photoshop. I will not use the Drop Shadow effect under Photoshop‘s Layer Style. Instead, I would like to explain a method I developed myself. This method is mostly used in web design.

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New File

In Photoshop, we first create a new file.

800px wide 500px high resolution 72 dpi

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

Now let’s draw a 600px wide and 200px high path into the file we created, and we will give a shadow under this path element.

We got a look like this.

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

Now let’s come to our shadow while working in Photoshop, I always work with backward editable objects, so we will use Object Smart Object de.

Make Shape

First let’s draw a path width 600px height 50px

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

Let’s align and center the path we draw under the first object we created.

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

Change Shape

While the newly created object layer is selected, let’s open transform tool with ctrl + t key combination.

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

Now pull a guide from the vertical ruler and position it in the center of the object and press enter.

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

Let’s select “Pen Tool basarak by pressing” P eden on the keyboard and add a node to the intersection of the guide and the object.

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

Press the letter “A eden on the keyboard, select“ Direct Selection Tool shift and select the two node elements located at the bottom right and left of the object with shift help.

Now hold down the “Shift” key and press the down arrow key twice.

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

Right-click on the layer and select “Convert to Smart Object den from the drop-down menu.

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

Double-click on the layer we created as a shadow.

Gradient Overlay

Click “Gradient Overlay den from the drop-down menu and change the settings as follows.

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

With the object selected in the Layer palette, edit the Fill fill to 0.

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

Blur Effect

Open the “Filter” menu and select “Gaussian Blur” under “Blur.

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

Change the values in the window as follows.

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

And finally, make sure your layer order in your layer palette is as follows.

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

Final

How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop
Final

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