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 query : Can I achieve shadows like this using layer styles? I'm trying to reproduce the shadow in the image below, the two grey bars under the actual image. I have tried using drop shadows but looks

@Bryan765

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I'm trying to reproduce the shadow in the image below, the two grey bars under the actual image.

I have tried using drop shadows but looks like it can't have a negative size value. Any workarounds? I'm looking for something that adapts to the width of the layer/image.

Thanks in advance.

Example:

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@Turnbaugh909

@Turnbaugh909

I made a workaround using linked layers.

Make two rectangle shapes below the Image Layer (I prefer using vector Layers for better scaling).

Select that three layers and go to menu: Layer >> Link Layers.

Now we can scale any of the three Layers that the linked layers will scale too.

See the image below:

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@Eichhorn212

@Eichhorn212

This is technically possible, but the result is not at all ideal. I've recreated the look of your example image using a layer style that utilizes 6 different "shadow" effects stacked as follows:

6) White shadow layer. Size 0, Color White, Opacity 100%, Blend Mode Normal.
Shifted down and far off to the left, covering just the edge of the gray in style layer 4.
5) White shadow layer. Size 0, Color White, Opacity 100%, Blend Mode Normal.
Shifted down and far off to the right, covering just the edge of the gray in style layer 4.
4) Grey shadow layer. Size 0, Color Medium Grey, Opacity 100%, Belnd Mode Normal
Shifted down half way between object layer and style layer 1
3) White shadow layer. Size 0, Color White, Opacity 100%, Blend Mode Normal.
Shifted down and far off to the left, covering just the edge of the gray in style layer 1.
2) White shadow layer. Size 0, Color White, Opacity 100%, Blend Mode Normal.
Shifted down and far off to the right, covering just the edge of the gray in style layer 1.
1) The back-most light grey layer. Size 0, shited down.

In the third image, you can see how the white "shadows" are really just opaque white blocks, obscuring the edges of the grey shadow layers. This solution admittedly has enough problems that I hesitate to call it a solution at all. It will only be practical if your main objects are all the same pixel width and only so long as the shadow doesn't need to be transparent. The height can change, but that's about it. At any rate, I hope this helps.

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@Carla748

@Carla748

My initial reaction was that it’s not possible. But, if you get really creative, it might be.

Here’s an incomplete attempt, using strokes.





I’m using two strokes, and the strokes are filled with a gradient. It’s pretty inelegant, and also replicates the shadow at the top.

Using a drop shadow and contour also gets part of the way, but it has rounded corners.

If you allow two layers (one for the image, and another identical copy that’s offset for the shadow), I think it would be possible with inner shadow or inner strokes.

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