Custom Shadows made easy!


Today, I’ve been working on some layouts and doing my quick custom shadows ‘thing’ and got to wondering . . . do you suppose anyone else would like to know a quick way to get them done? So, just in case you are interested . . . here’s myway . . . no explanations, no sidebar, just the steps!

  1. Click on the layer that is needing a custom shadow!
  2. Press V
  3. CTRL + J
  4. CTRL + [
  5. CTRL + U
  6. TAB 3 times, type -100
  8. Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur . . . type 5 (adjust as needed)
  10. CTRL + T (Free Transform . . . we are going to warp the shadow now)

    If PSCS … activate WARP (icon on top menu bar)

  11. Now, let’s bend, stretch, warp our shadow as desired (grab the control boxes to do this).

    If you are using Photoshop Elements … press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT and then click and pull the corners to warp as desired.
    If you need some tips on this, check out THIS tutorial (PSE users)

  12. Type a number between 3 and 7 until you get a shadow with appropriate ‘look’

That’s it!  I have it so memorized that I no longer really think about it … my fingers just have the ‘Rocking Motion’ d-o-w-n … bodda-bing-bodda-boom.

IF you wait and do all your custom shadows at the end of your design process it’s even quicker because your Filter can just be reapplied by typing CTRL+F (making step 8&9 ONE VERY QUICK STEP!)

So . . . go forth and create! Have fun! Tell your story!


About Linda Jacobson

Wife, Mom, Grama, and Dreamer! I love all things crafty - sewing, pattern making/designing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, digital photography, digital scrapbooking, ... see? I really DO love all things crafty! If I listed ALL the crafty things I've done this list would require an entire page!

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