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Step 1: Open your image in Photoshop.
Step 2: Create a duplicate layer
Mac…..Cmd + J
PC…….Ctrll + J
Step 3: Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool
Step 4: Create a selection along the lower portion of the image where you want your shadow to be
Step 5: From the “Select” Menu choose Modify/Feather
Step 6: Choose a Feather Selection between 20 – 50. The greater the value the softer the fade will be.
Step 7: If you want a background color other than white, black or gray, choose the color in the toolbox now.
Step 8: From the “Edit” menu choose Fill
Step 9: Select a color or pattern to fill in the background. Choose black for shadow effect.
Step 10: You will now see the black shadow. In the next step you can control the visibility. You can now deselect by going Select > Deselect.
Step 11: In the Layers panel adjust the opacity of the shadow to around 50%
Step 12: You can now add some text. Notice the subtle shadow below and how it allows the text to be seen much easier.
- Open a photo.
- Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool.
- Click and drag across the image to select the area of the photo you want to keep.
- Go to Select > Feather and enter a radius amount. A value between 20-50 works well. The higher the value, the softer the fade will be.
- Go to Select > Inverse.
- If you want a background color other than white, black or gray, choose the color in the toolbox now.
- Go to Edit > Fill and select a color or pattern to fill in the background.
- Go to Select > Deselect.