Shadows in Frame - Removing the Drop Shadow Inside

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Have you ever noticed that when you add a drop shadow to your frame, it casts the shadow inside the frame? If you are going for a realistic look, that isn’t it. Don’t worry, though, there is a quick and easy way to get rid of that inner shadow.

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Step 1: Open Your Layout

  • Add all your drop shadow styles to your layout, including the frame.

Step 2: Use your Magic Wand

  • Activate the frame layer in the Layers panel.
  • Get the Magic Wand tool in the Tool Bar.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the New Selection icon and place a check mark next to Anti-alias and Contiguous, but do not check Sample All Layers.
  • Click inside the frame center with the Magic Wand.
  • You should see marching ants inside the frame.

Step 3: Delete the Inner Shadow

  • The frame layer should still be activated with marching ants going inside the frame.
  • In the Menu Bar choose Layer > Simplify Layer.

  • Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete) to remove the inner shadow.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.


Credits:
Tutorial of the Week: Shadows in the Frame - Lisa Hanks
Photo and Scrapbook Page: Lisa Hanks
Frame: Recollections by Joanne Brisebois
Paper and Elements: Off We Go by Susan Bartolini
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0

Download a PDF version of this "Shadows in Frame" tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Step 1: Open Your Layout

  • Add all your drop shadow styles to your layout, including the frame.

Step 2: Separate the Shadow Style

  • Activate the frame layer in the Layers panel.
  • If your styles are not showing, click on the arrow next to the fx, on the frame layer.

  • Right click on the Drop Shadow.

  • In the drop-down menu, choose Create Layer.

Step 3: Use your Magic Wand

  • Get the Magic Wand tool in the Tool Bar.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the New Selection icon and place a check mark next to Anti-alias and Contiguous, but do not check Sample All Layers.
  • Click inside the frame center with the Magic Wand.
  • You should see marching ants inside the frame.

Step 4: Delete the Inner Shadow

  • Activate the Drop Shadow layer in the Layers panel.

  • Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete) to remove the inner shadow.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.


Credits:
Tutorial of the Week: Shadows in the Frame - Lisa Hanks
Photo and Scrapbook Page: Lisa Hanks
Frame: Recollections by Joanne Brisebois
Paper and Elements: Off We Go by Susan Bartolini
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4

Download a PDF version of this "Shadows in Frame" tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

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