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Better control your Photoshop drop shadows

Added on Tuesday 2nd of August 2011 06:03 am EST
 

Applications:
Adobe Photoshop CS2/CS3/CS4/CS5
Operating Systems:
Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

 

I enjoy the ease by which I can create a drop shadow effect using Photoshop’s Layer Styles. But often I want to use a variety of different drop shadows. How can I change the light source so it isn’t the same for every object?

 

By default, Photoshop uses global lighting to make certain that every drop shadow you apply in a document is set at the same angle, as shown in Figure A. If you want to change the light source for some of the drop shadows and leave others as they are, you have to turn off the Global Light feature.