I am a really big fan of shadows on scrapbook layouts! I really think they make or break a digital layout by giving it depth and a more realistic feel. In a previous post, I talk about the 5 common shadowing mistakes but today, I created a set of shadowing styles that will work for both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. If you are using PSE 11 or above, you can install these (I’ll walk through the steps in just a second) and they are so quick and easy to use!
Also, I want to know more about the things you’d like to learn to do with your programs so feel free to comment! Also let me know what program you are using. I mostly design and scrap in PS but I do have PSE 11, so I can do tutorials in both!
For this tutorial, I use my brand new kit (just released today), Color My World: Mint! It is the first of 12 that I will release this month! In fact, if you were part of my DigiScrap club in December, you would have gotten this kit then! The Color My World: Pink will be released next month, but one of the free products in this month’s club membership! You can click on the image below to go to my shop and purchase this kit!
Let’s get started on installing shadow styles to your PSE! Below is a screen shot of a few items from my kit above, as well as a photo. On the right hand side, you can see the default drop shadows that come with PSE:
If I apply one to the photo, it looks like this. By double clicking on the style of choice, it quickly applies it:
But I find the default shadows to be a little on the harsh side, so I saved my favorites into a style set and you can download them HERE! And I’ll quickly show you how to install them into PSE (very similar for PS), in case you haven’t done it before! On the photo above, at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see where it says Effects. Make sure that is highlighted. Then go to this little drop down menu in the top corner (right under where it says create). It has an arrow with several lines next to it. Click and get this menu:
Choose PRESET MANAGER and it will open up a menu to grab the style from your hard drive. It will look like the little fx styles you see below:
Click on it and it will load. Then when you click on the drop down for styles, it will show the name I gave the style set. If that is activated, then those styles will work for you!
Each one is titled what it is for and can be used for a variety of different papers/elements. Here are my original items with new shadows! So easy!