Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Big Deal - Club Scrap Blog Hop Feb 2014

It is that time again.  This month I have spend an inordinate amount of time trying to make my drop box link with my blog and yet again I have failed miserably.  So instead of giving you something I suggestion you join the Club Scrap digital page swap which can be found here:


This is a tremendous swap which Cathy Gray hosts every month.

Now on to what I have decided to do for this month.  Custom drop shadows can be challenging so I thought I would show you quickly how to do one.

First open up a new document with a transparent background and bring in the image you want to give the special shadow to.  In this case I am using a charm from Big Deal.

Next duplicate the layer with the charm and rename it shadow.  Also make a layer with a white fill.  Rearrange your layers so that you have the white fill at the bottom and the shadow layer in the middle of the three layers you have in your layers palette.

Set the foreground color to black and fill the copy of the image layer by pressing ctrl, shift and delete all together.  Go to filters>blur>gaussian blur and set the blur between three to five.

Make sure that the shadow layer is active and hit ctrl T.  That should bring up a bounding box with handles on it.

Now you can start manipulating your custom shadow.  By pressing ctrl and picking up one of the little handles you can move the shadow around.  

Here you can see the shadow really exaggerated.  I think this may actually work for what I have in mind.

At this point the shadow should be on its own layer and you can probably see that I have changed the opacity of the shadow a bit.  Now make a copy of the shadow layer and place it beneath the shadow layer.

Activate the copy of the shadow layer and set the opacity low so you can see the shadow going from black to grey to light grey etc.  Resize the copy of the shadow layer to make it just a tiny bit bigger than the shadow layer.

You can then merge all visible layers and save for use.  Here is something I made with mine!

I do hope you have enjoyed this simple tutorial - your next stop on the hop is:


  1. Always love to see your digital art, even when it is not my thing.
    It is wonderful what you can do whith these programs.

  2. Hi Annette, thanks for the tutorial!! Love that dramatic drop shadow.

  3. Very nifty look, Annette! Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Thanks Annette for the Digital Swap plug as well as the wonderful shadow and directions. I will need to try this way, cause it looks great.

  5. This is so cool Annette. I think I say this every month, but I love seeing what you can accomplish digitally and if I ever need a digi tutorial I'll come here first! Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. Marya said what I was going to--your blog is a wealth of digi tutorials! Whenever I take the plunge, I will know where to look!

  7. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Very cool look, of course, Annette! Thank you for shedding some light on custom drop shadows for me:)
    Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

  9. Great tutorial! Silly me, I've just been using the "drop shadow" effect in PSE, LOL.

  10. Wow coolit really turned out well. At first it seemed over exaggerated but in the end the shadow was perfect!

  11. I want to get into digi art.

  12. Thank you all so much for your kind comments. I find it very encouraging. More to come so keep an eye out.

  13. Another wonderful project, Annette!!

  14. Oh my.......what a neat project and thanks so much for a great tut.

  15. Great tut!! That made it look pretty easy!