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1. Resize my photo.
2. Use the "Move" tool to move the photo to the top and left, so that it creates a "white" space on the bottom and right (for the drop shadow to fit).
3. Add the drop shadow effect on the bottom and right.
Important question - Is there any way to add the shadow without having to "move" the photo up and left?
4. Then, because the background of my homepage is (currently) green, I add a new green fill layer so that any gaps between the drop shadow and the edges of my graphic/photo will show green instead of the usual white default.
I have about 500 photos on my site and will be changing them all to have a drop shadow with a green background layer. My fear is that I will have to change all 500+ photos again if I change the design of my site to say, light blue, coz then I would need to change the background layer on all the photos again from green to blue.
Any tips would be appreciated.
Double click on the layer you want to create a shadow beneath - the layer properties pallette will open. Toy with the settings in the drop shadow toolbar till you have the depth/distance/shade you want and click ok
>> Added - record this as an action and you can apply it to multiple files using batch process - Assuming you have just one layer it should do what you want without needing to do each one every time you want to alter the background colour
>> Alternatively find a solution to your design so that by altering your css you do not need to go through this rigmarole everytime you want a change
<added> limbo, You edited your post! Sorry!</added>
limbo - the problem I have here is that the shadow does not show in my photo (presumable it is outside the borders) and I have to "move" my photo left and up to see the shadow on the right and bottom. Unfortunately, this then displays a white space which looks very unprofessional on my sites green background. I may want to change to blue in the future but this would still be the same problem unless I change my sites background to white, which I do not want to do.
limbo/zak - thanks fore the info about batch processing, this will save me a lot of time.
choster - Top Tip - I am so envious of the guys who can manipulate their css to produce this tremendous looking effect. I am only a newbie and probably won't be able to do this unless I can find a site who practically write the additional css for me - wish me luck coz I would love me site's photos to look like that.
> increase your canvas size by say 3%
> apply your dropshadow to the image
> then apply new layer + colour
> send the new layer to the background
> save as psd to another folder
> export as jpg
... all that while you make the tea...
It is very powerful when you get to grips with it :)
>> edited for the usual
I can't believe what a fantastic difference the drop shadow makes to the photos.
Now I will be learning about the batch process. I guess it is quite easy to change the background colour if I want to in the future?
Your image canvas will expand, with the new empty space along the bottom and right-hand edges of the image.