Photoshop Layers Effects
Example 1: the
Start with a RGB image. On this
image create a new layer.
On the new layer make a gradient
fill with the Gradient tool: to see the gradient options just
press enter. To reset all tool default options click on the
drop down menu from options window and select Reset All Tools.
Now you have the background and
a new layer full filled. Make a selection ( rectangular or elliptical,
as you want). When you have a selection you can move it simply
moving the mouse or using the cursors key: only check that the
tool selected is Marquee.
Invert the selction from the Select
menu or press CTRL/SHIFT/i and delete the selction (press Delete).
In the layer window click on the
background to select it then make a new layer.
Press hold the CTRL key and in
the layer window click on the layer at the top: by this way
you have selected the layer transparency of the highest layer.
Now press D to reset the default colors (black and white) and
then press ALT + Delete (or select fill from edit menu).
Press CTRL/d to deselect all.
Press V to use Move Tool and move
the current layer two or more onces to the right and two or
more onces to the bottom.
Your image could be like this:
Go to the filter menu, select Blur
then Gaussian Blur: more great is the value that you enter more
great is the shadow effect. I used for this example 3 in the
Radius Value. Then I've changed the opacity value of the shadow
layer to 80.
Here's the image:
If you apply this technique for
a text layer or a object, the effect is more realistic.
In this image I've used a layer
opacity very low, about 30.