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Hour 20. Making Composite Images > Creating Drop Shadows from Scratch

Creating Drop Shadows from Scratch

According to my friend Scott Kelby, editor of Photoshop User Magazine, type always needs a drop shadow applied. Personally, I always try to steer clear of words such as always and never, but you can certainly improve most type with a little shadow. Here’s a quick way to apply a shadow without using a Drop Shadow layer style. (You might not be able to use a layer style in some cases, but this method always works.)

First, set your type. Make a copy on a new layer. (Layer, Duplicate Layer) Slide the duplicate under the original until it’s in a good position for a shadow. Reduce the layer opacity to about 20% or whatever looks right to you. Add some blur (Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur) and you have a drop shadow (see Figure 20.39).


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