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How to warp shadows in PSE 11.

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Hello Everyone! Monica here, today we are going to be talking How to warp shadows in PSE 11. This is a fun way to customize your shadows on your clusters. Last week I showed you how to do this in PSCS 6. For this tutorial, I will be using *Dream On, Dream Big Page Kit* By Stacy Carlson


Warping shadows gives you the ability to adjust them so that parts of your shadow make your element look like it’s standing off the page more. It also helps to add more depth to your page. For instance, if you have a branch or leaves the tips of them will stand off the page more than a ribbon. A string will have parts that stand off the page. Warping shadows helps you to achieve a more realistic looking shadow on any element you use!

Step One — Adding a shadow.

Once you have your cluster or element in place where you want it you will need to add the shadow you want. You will need to make sure you Simplify this layer before adding your shadow or this will not work.


Step Two — Creating a Shadow Layer

After you have your shadowing the way you like it you need to choose which element you want to warp the shadow on. I am going start with the branch.

So I look in my layers pallet and find the branch I want to use and select that layer.


Now this is where the instructions will differ from PSCS 6.

I am going to hid all of the elements except the one I am working with so that I can see it better!


You will want to double click on the FX on the layer you are working with


This will bring up a box like this.


Now you will want to move the distance of the shadow so that it looks like this.


You need the shadow out from under the element so that you can make it on it’s own layer. Once you have it moved you need to Simplify your layer again.

Now that you have it out from under the element. You want to select the rectangle marquee tool and select the shadow portion.


Then you want to right click and select layer via cut. Now you will see that your shadow is on it’s own layer!


Step Three — Warping the Shadow

Now that you have your shadow on it’s own layer you are ready to warp the shadow.

You need to move your shadow back under the image you cut it from so that you can warp it!


To warp the shadow you need to click on the box surrounding the shadow layer. It will bring up a box like this at the bottom.


The little box at the bottom has points that if you click on one it will not move that area. Just click different points until you like the way your shadow looks. You can use the rotate, scale and skew on the bottom panel to adjust your shadow.


Once you have it like you like it just click the check mark and now your shadow looks like this.


Now you can finish warping any shadow you want on your page!

Final thoughts

This is a little bit time consuming but it’s the best way I have found to warp shadows in PSE 11. Warping shadows gives your pages more depth and a more personalized look. I love to warp shadows and use it often to make my page feel more realistic!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions please message me on Gotta Pixel, I’m sparky_mom there! I’ll be glad to help!

Here is my final page!


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