How to create text shadows in Photoshop

12/12/2023 824

Text shadows in Photoshop are effects that contribute to making edited images more interesting and impressive. Some of the following simple ways to perform shading that Sadesign introduces will help you successfully perform shading for text on the first try.

How to create text shadows in Photoshop

Text shadows in Photoshop are effects that contribute to making edited images more interesting and impressive. Some of the following simple ways to perform shading that Sadesign introduces will help you successfully perform shading for text on the first try.

text shadows in Photoshop

 

1. Learn about the text shadow feature in Photoshop 

Text shadow in Photoshop is a feature that creates a 3D effect for writing, thereby helping the text stand out more on the background. The fact that the text is shaded helps create a greater sense of depth, helping to create emphasis for the image.

Learn about the text shadow feature in Photoshop

With this feature, users can adjust the color, size, direction or opacity of the shadow to ensure it matches their ideas. Thanks to its ability to create depth in photos, this feature is used by many designers to create highlights for their work. 

Creating a shadow for text is quite simple. To help create an impressive shadow effect, you can combine it with many different editing tools in Photoshop to get the best effect. Specifically, how does the shading take place? Please continue to follow the content below.

 

2. Share the 3 simplest ways to shade text in Photoshop. 

Depending on your specific needs as well as the design image, you can choose to shade text with the following ways: 

2.1. Text shadow in Photoshop 

To perform text shadow in Photoshop, you need to follow the following instructions: 

Step 1: Go to Photoshop and create a new image file with arbitrary size and background color by selecting File => New right on the toolbar or you can also press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N. 

You can set the parameters for the new file as follows: 

  • Width: 500 pixels 
  • Height: 300 pixels 
  • Background Contents: Optional

In this example we choose the background color to be black, with color code #000000. (Picture 1)

color code #000000.

Step 2: Select the Text tool to type any text => Customize the font, size, color to create shadow for the text in Photoshop. In this example we set:

  • Font: Arial
  • Size: 45
  • White with color code #ffffff. 
  • The text that creates the effect is “DESIGN”.

Customize the font

Step 3: Duplicate the text layer by clicking Layer => Duplicate Layer right on the toolbar. 

Step 4: Select the duplicated layer and press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+T to adjust the position of this layer. Right-click and select Flip Vertical to rotate the new layer compared to the original position. 

Step 5: Use the Move Tool (V) to move the layer below the original layer. This is a shadow layer to create a shadow effect in Photoshop. 

Step 6: Right-click on the layer you just edited, then select Rasterize Type to change the Graphic. (Picture 2)

select Rasterize Type to change the Graphic

Step 7: Create a mask on this layer by clicking Vector mask. 

Step 8: Select the Add Vector mask area of ​​the Layer copy => select Gradient Tool (G) to fill the text color. Next, choose the Gradient style as shown below. (Picture 3)

select Gradient Tool

Click, hold and drag the mouse on the layer from top to bottom. 

Note: To create shadow letters, pull them straight to help the letters look beautiful and the shadows fall more naturally when pulled sideways. 

Step 9: Adjust the Opacity for the newly created layer. You should set the opacity to 50% so the text looks more natural. 

Step 10: Press the key combination Ctrl+Shift+E after completion to combine the layers with the original wallpaper => Save the image in the desired format.

Press the key combination Ctrl+Shift+E

2.2. Instructions for creating short shadows 

This method helps you create a short shadow effect for writing, similar to letters printed on paper. To make text shadow, follow the specific instructions as follows: 

Step 1: Go to the text layer and select Blending Option to create a shadow effect.

select Blending Option

Step 2: Select Drop Shadow then adjust the parameters: 

  • Angle: Shadow tilt 
  • Distance: Shadow distance 
  • Spread: 100% 
  • Size: Optional

Select Drop Shadow

After that, we will receive results as shown below:

we will receive results as shown below

2.3. Instructions for long shadows 

The long shadow effect is similar to when we shine from a distant light source. The simple way to create a long shadow is as follows: 

Step 1: Select Layer => Blending Option => click on both Drop Shadow and Stroke at the same time and adjust the parameters as follows: 

  • Size: Text border size 
  • Position: Outside. 
  • Color: Text border color

click on both Drop Shadow and Stroke

Step 2: Select the fx item to create drop shadow

Select the fx item to create drop shadow

Step 3: Go to Drop Shadow to increase Distance 

Go to Drop Shadow to increase Distance

Step 4: Adjust Drop Shadow and Distance similarly to step 2.

Adjust Drop Shadow and Distance similarly to step 2.

As a result, we will get a long text shadow as shown below:

we will get a long text shadow as shown below

 

3. Instructions for shading and creating borders for text in Photoshop 

Besides shading the text, you can also create text borders to help the text stand out more on the background. Creating borders for text in Photoshop is not complicated with just 4 steps: 

  • Step 1: Create a new layer then fill the entire layer with white 
  • Step 2: Select the Type Tool (T) and type text on the layer white. Then choose the font, size, and color according to your needs. 
  • Step 3: Right-click on the layer containing the text => select Blending Options or you can do it by clicking the fx icon in the lower right corner of the Layer Panel. 
  • Step 4: At the Layer Style window => check Stroke to adjust parameters such as: Position, Blend Mode, Size, Opacity, Fill Type, and Color for the border of the text is complete.

Creating borders for text in Photoshop

4. Tips for creating beautiful, unique text shadows in Photoshop 

It can be seen that shading text is quite simple and does not require too much experience. If you are just starting to get acquainted with Photoshop, you can apply the following tips to create the most beautiful shadow effect for yourself: 

4.1. Using Layer Styles feature 

The Layer Styles feature is especially useful in Photoshop, it allows users to add many different effects to layers such as: Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, Bevel and Emboss, Gradient Overlay,...

Using Layer Styles feature

Users can combine these effects with Drop Shadow in Photoshop to design more complex and impressive shadow effects. Besides, you can also save the Layer Styles settings to reapply to other layers. 

4.2. Adjusting Opacity 

Opacity is an important parameter when you make shadows for text in Photoshop, they directly affect the transparency of the shadow. Adjust the Opacity of the shadow in the Layer Style window when selecting Drop Shadow. 

The trick is to keep the Opacity of the shadow lower than the Opacity of the text to create a feeling of greater depth.

4.3. Adjusting Distance and Spread

Distance and Spread are parameters that users can adjust when performing text shading in Photoshop. The Distance parameter is the distance between the text and the shadow, and Spread is the spread of the shadow.

Adjusting Distance and Spread

You can flexibly increase or decrease Distance and Spread to design a variety of different shadow effects that best suit your needs. 

4.4. Adjusting Size and Angle 

The two parameters Size and Angle are related to the size and direction of the shadow. If Size is a parameter about the size of the shadow, then Angle is a parameter about the angle of the shadow relative to the text. 

Changing Size and Angle will help make the shadow effect for text in Photoshop more vivid and attractive. Therefore, you absolutely pay attention to these two parameters during the process of implementing your shading! 

4.5. Customize shadow color 

By default shadow color in Photoshop is always black, but you can completely change them to the color you desire. You can choose the shadow color inside the Layer Style window when selecting Drop Shadow.

Customize shadow color

The color you choose can match the color of the text and contrast with the text to create a highlight and attract attention when looking at the photo. For designs with excess text, you should delete the text on the image to make the design look neater, easier to see and more beautiful. 

4.6. Using Background Blur 

The Background Blur technique helps blur the background behind text to make your shadow effect clearer. To shade text with this method, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Create a new layer, make the entire layer white 
  • Step 2: Select the Type Tool (T) => Type text on the white layer. Then choose the size, font and color for the text. 
  • Step 3: Right-click on the layer containing the text to select Blending Options. Add Drop Shadow effect to the layer containing the text => Adjust appropriate parameters. 
  • Step 4: Select the white background layer and press Ctrl + J to create a new copy of the layer. Rename this layer as Blur. 
  • Step 5: Select Filter => Blur => Gaussian Blur and adjust the Radius so that the background is blurred moderately. 
  • Step 6: Select the Eraser Tool (E), then erase the background hidden by the text, which will help the shadow stand out more.

Using Background Blur

5. Text shadow image combined with light 

To get more ideas for your designs, you can immediately refer to the shadow types that we introduce below. Below is a combination of lighting that will help increase the appeal of your design. Here are some samples that we have designed for your reference:

Text shadow image combined with light

Text shadow image combined with light 2

Text shadow image combined with light 3


We hope the detailed instructions on how to use shadows in Photoshop above will be very useful, so that you can apply them in your design. You can create edited images with beautiful and impressive designs.
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