Hello guys! Well, I'm here with another Photoshop trick to make your photos pop for your blogs with the use of drop shadows! It's a subtle way to add a little whimsy to any post.
So lets just get to the nitty gritty of it shall we? :)
1.) Start off by opening up a new canvas and opening up your picture. Then drag your picture on top of your canvas.(I do it by dragging the picture layer onto the canvas itself) Rename it if you want. I named mine picture.
3.) Create a new layer (rename it shadow) and drag it under the picture layer. With the 'marching ants' still around the picture layer and with the shadow layer active, fill it in black with the paint bucket tool.
4.) Deselect the picture layer and click on the shadow layer. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Make it so the edges are good and hazy. I usually choose a setting of 8.5 - 9 but adjust to your taste.
5.) Now with the shadow layer still active. Go to Edit > Transform > Warp. Handles will appear. Take the two middle handle on each side and drag them until they almost hit the edge of the picture.
6.) When you are done with those then pull the very corners out some.
7.) Lastly drop the opacity down some if it's a bit too dark. I did mine to 70. And this is the final look :)
Play with it too. Here I made the corner of Chloe's picture super funky.
With her all I did was pull the handle of the bottom left of the shadow layer out and up. Then I pulled the bottom left corner of the picture layer out and down. Like you see here:
I dropped the opacity of the shadow layer and that was it ^_^ Just a little way to make your extra special pics on your blog look snazzy!
***One more tip...Try adding a thin border to your photos along with this technique. It's super easy. All you need to do is:
1.) Make sure your picture layer is active.
2.) Go to your Layer Styles. (it's the cursive 'F' on the bottom of your layer pallet) And go down to Stroke.
3.) Enter a stroke size of about 4 (adjust according to taste). Choose color (I usually go white) and set it to Inside.
You will end up with a nice clean border that will make your photo stand out even more. It is especially nice on darker photos. Here, take a look:
I hope you enjoy and happy posting guys!