Techie Tip of the Week: Photoshop – Adding Drop Shadows

Want to add some pizazz to your text or photo? Consider adding a drop shadow!

  1. In Photoshop, open the image.Stanford University

  3. In Layers, right-click (on a Mac, control-click) the layer containing the part of the image on which you want the drop shadow to appear and click Blending Options.
    In Photoshop, choose Layers -> Blending Options

  5. Check the box Drop Shadow.
    • In Structure, adjust the Blend Mode, Opacity, Angle, Distance, Spread, and Size as desired.
    • In Quality, choose the desired Contour and Noise percentage.

    In Layer Style, in Drop Shadow, choose desired Structure and Quality

  6. Click  OK.


Stanford University (no shadow) --> Stanford University (with shadow)

Drop Shadow Example


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