Photoshop Tutorials

Tutorial 3: Cool Shadow Effect 1
 
What you'll start with: What you'll end up with:

Part 1

We'll start with the basics of making a drop-down shadow.

1. Load Photoshop and open your image (File, Open)

2. Open a new blank document (File, New) and drag-and-drop your object into the document.  A new layer will be created for your object.

3. Go to Layer, Layer Style and tick the Drop Shadow style.  You should now see a shadow form around your object.

4. There are lots of things you can change with your drop shadow like the distance it is away from your object, its blurriness, its size, etc...  A good thing to do is to change the opacity to 60% to get a lighter shadow.  Click OK and you're done.