Drop shadow in Photoshop is the process of adding effects to an image. We often find images with drop shadows on eCommerce websites, newspapers, leaflets, magazines, etc. An image with a drop shadow effect illustrates the depth of an object, so the object becomes more realistic.

Here today, we will discuss how to add a realistic drop shadow in photoshop. We have tried to capture A to Z solution but if you need detailed guides then you should contact photoshop drop shadow experts. Let’s start!

Tutorial: How to Add a Realistic Drop Shadow in Photoshop

Step by step process of this tutorial is given below:

Step 1: Open image in Photoshop

Open the image in Photoshop by clicking > File from the menu bar. Then > Open.

Step 2: Background Remove

Do clipping and remove the background from the photo. Take a white layer below the photo. (By clicking > create new layer from the layers panel> And add white background by clicking  create new fill > solid color)

Layers should look like the image below. Layer 0 is filled with white and layer one is showing a ‘shoe image’ which is already cut out by the Photoshop clipping path.

Step 3: Duplicate the image layer

Select the photo layer (Layer 1) Then press (Ctrl+J) Or you can do it manually. It will create a new layer named (Layer 1 copy)

Step 4: Change the foreground color

Change the foreground color to Black. You can do this by pressing (Shift +X) and see the changes in the toolbar.  If it does, don’t turn it into black; go manually, click > set foreground color from the toolbar and select the color black from the color panel.

Step 5: (Layer 1 copy) turn into black color

Select the (Layer 1 copy) and press (Shift + Alt + Delete) to turn the color of the image into black in this layer.

Step 6: Create the shadow

To create the shadow at first bring free transform on the image layer (Layer 1 copy) by pressing (Ctrl+t).

Click the top middle square and drag the black image straight down to cast a shadow.

Then Drag this layer (Layer 1 copy) billow the layer 1.

Step 7: Release free transform

Press “Enter” or “Return” to get out from “Free Transform”

Step 8: Place the shadow in the right position

Move the Shadow layer by clicking and dragging below the image layer, so that the shoe remains on the top of the shadow.

Step 9: Apply Motion Blur on the shadow

Select shadow layer, then go Filter>Blur>Motion Blur

Step 10: Smooth around the shadow

Adjust the distance. Set the angle. Set the “angle” to 0 Adjust the “distance” enough to smooth out around the shadow.

Click Ok to apply the change

Step 11: Apply Gaussian Blur on the shadow

Again go to the Filter in the menu bar, select > Blur > Gaussian Blur

Change the “Radius” into 3 PIX . Then click ok to apply the changes.

Step 12: Add layer mask in shadow

Make sure that the drop shadow layer is selected and then “Add Layer Mask” by clicking the layer mask button from the layer panel.

Step 13: Swipe the brush tool to make the shadow perfect

Click and hold down on the brush icon and select the brush tool from the drop-down menu. Then change the Opacity to around 53%

Change the foreground color to black.

Change the brush size if needed.

Swipe the brush on the drop shadow to make it perfect. If you need to bring back the shadow, then change the foreground color by pressing (Shift + x) and click over the area.

Video Tutorial: How to Create a Realistic Drop Shadow in Photoshop