Adding a Drop Shadow
In PSE, Go under the File Menu; choose New and then Blank File.
For the Height and Width, I usually choose 13 inches for both because I normally scrap 12x12. If you are working with another size layout, you would create your blank page at about 1 inch larger than your layout. For example, an 8.5 x 11 layout would have a canvas of 9.5 width and 12 height. Either way, your Resolution is 300 pixels/inch and your Color Mode is RGB Color.
You can close your scan/photograph now and see that it has been copied into your blank document.
Making sure that your image layer is the active layer, use the drop down box under Styles and Effect to choose Layer Styles while the drop down box next to it should say Drop Shadows.
I don’t really like the way the shadow looks as it first appears, so I tweak it to my taste. You can change the shadow however you like until you find one that makes you happy. To do so, go under the Layer Menu, choose Layer Style, and then Style Settings.
Another Dialog box will come up. For Lighting Angle, I choose 55 degrees and for Shadow Distance, I choose 85 px. The shadow will move as you adjust these numbers and you can see it before you commit to it. When you are happy, hit ok.
In the Dialog box that comes up, drag the Quality slider down so that the size is below 500K. I usually use a quality of about 8 or 9. As you move the slider, the size will automatically change. Hit ok.
That’s it. I know it seems like a lot of steps, but it really takes no time at all once you get used to it! Good Luck and feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with any questions! Also, if you would like me to send these instructions to you in Word format, please leave a comment with your e-mail or e-mail me for that, too!
Have a great night!