How to add drop shadow in Photoshop

Want to add a drop shadow in Photoshop?

Effects are a great way to quickly add a little flare to text, images, or shapes inside Adobe Photoshop — and the drop shadow effect is probably my favorite!

In this mini tutorial we will look at how to apply a drop shadow to any object or layer in Photoshop.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open your Photoshop project file and select the layer you want to apply a shadow to
  2. From the top menu panel by selecting Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow
  3. In the Layer Style settings window, select the color of the color (next to Blend Mode), Opacity, Distance, Spread, and Size of the shadow effect. If you enable the Preview option, you will see the style changes in real time.
  4. Click OK

Quick Tip: If you want to apply the same shadow effect to multiple layers, choose “Make Default” button from the Layer Style window before you click OK. Then when you go to add a drop shadow to another layer, just click the “Reset to Default” button, and all of your previous settings will appear!