How to Edit Drop Shadow or Inner Shadow Effects in Photoshop CS6 - dummies

How to Edit Drop Shadow or Inner Shadow Effects in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

If you used the default settings in Photoshop CS6 to apply your drop shadow or inner shadow and want to do some tweaking, edit by following these steps:

  1. In the Layers panel, double-click the Effect name.

    Or you can double-click the layer thumbnail or the Layer Style icon (fx icon).

    The Layer Style dialog box opens. If you double-clicked the layer thumbnail or the Layer Style icon, you need to click the Drop Shadow or Inner Shadow name on the left side of the dialog box.

  2. Change the Blend Mode setting to adjust how the colors of the shadow mix with the colors of your elements.

    Usually, the default mode, Multiply, works best.

  3. Adjust the Opacity setting to change how transparent the shadow appears.

  4. To select a shadow color, open the Color Picker by clicking the swatch to the right of the Blend Mode setting.

  5. Establish the angle of your light source.

  6. Select the Use Global Light option to ensure that all the shadows and highlights of all your elements are consistent.

    You don’t want one layer to look like it’s 6 a.m. and another to look like it’s 2 p.m. The neat thing is that if you change the angle on one layer style, all the styles (with the Use Global Light option selected) you’ve applied to your layers adjust to that new angle dynamically.

  7. Specify how far the shadow is offset from your element with the Distance setting.

  8. Adjust the Spread, Choke, and Size settings to specify the boundary, intensity, and size of the shadow.

  9. Select the Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow option if you have a transparent object on top of the shadow.

    This option prevents the shadow from showing through the object.

  10. After you refine your effect settings, click OK.

    Your effect is edited and ready to go.

    You can also choose to apply various contours and noise to your shadow.

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