New today – a simple, one-click way to add realistic drop shadows to your layouts. Shadow Like Me is a set of Layer Styles (.asl files) that work in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. After you add your drop shadow you can continue to customize it by adjusting the opacity, distance and size to suit your individual layout needs but they’ll start the process off for you, saving  you a lot of “fiddling time” on your layouts. Work smarter not harder!

And Photoshop users can add further realism to their shadows by following the steps in my Mind-Blowing Drop Shadow Tutorial here on the site.

The product contains two .asl files, one with a 45-degree light source (shown in the preview) and another with a 120-degree light source. I personally shadow with a light source from the top right (45 degrees) but I know that 120 is “standard” and it’s the default in Photoshop, so I didn’t want to force anyone to change their ways. There is also a text file containing basic installation instructions for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Shadow Layer Styles by One Little Bird

The image links to the Personal Use version of Shadow Like Me.  For the Commercial Use version of Shadow Like Me, click here.

I really hope that these save you a lot of time and headaches on your layouts. There’s no true one-click answer to drop shadows because so much is dependent on the colors of your page, the position of your elements and your own personal taste – but these should send you off in a good direction.

Happy scrapping!