Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Add a Shadow Layer Style in Photoshop



Layer Drop Shadows allow you to add a 3D look to a flat document. The effect is applied to all the elements on a layer.


Step One

Open a new document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi. Set Background Contents to White.

Step Two

Select the Text tool, click the workspace and add your text. Set the Text Color to a non-white color.

Step Three

Select the Text layer in the Layers menu and choose Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow.

Step Four

Notice that the Drop Shadow heading is Bold and has a checkbox. Selecting any of the heading names will change the dialog box for adjusting the options.

Step Five

The Structure section offers multiple Blending Mode, Opacity and Lighting settings. Make sure the Preview checkbox is checked to see your changes.

Step Six

You can also control the Distance, Spread and, Size.

Step Seven

The Quality section offers Contour choices and Noise settings.

Copy/Paste Layer Styles

To duplicate a layer style, select the source style layer, choose Layer > Layer Style > Copy. Select the target layer and choose Layer > Layer Style > Paste.

Editing Shadow Settings

Double-click the word Drop Shadow below the layer name. This opens the Drop Shadow options box.