How to Make a Car Shadow in Photoshop

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How to Make a Car Shadow in Photoshop
Create a drop shadow effect for your car in Adobe Photoshop. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The drop shadow effect, one of the most frequently used visual effects in graphic design, adds contrast to objects and depth to an image. It can increase the sharpness of a logo, improving its visibility and readability. When showcasing a stationary object like a car against a plain-coloured canvas, it can add a sense of dynamics and motion. Creating a drop shadow in Adobe Photoshop requires only a few mouse clicks.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the image to which you wish to add the drop shadow in Photoshop.

  2. 2

    Select the Lasso tool from the main toolbar.

  3. 3

    Outline the car on your canvas with the Lasso tool. Drag the tool slowly and completely around the car, all the way back to the starting point.

  4. 4

    Hit "CTRL+J" to copy the car you've outlined to a new layer while still leaving it in place on your canvas.

  5. 5

    Double-click on the layer containing the car in the "Layers" panel to bring up the Layer Styles dialogue box.

  6. 6

    Click on the "Drop Shadow" option in the dialogue box. Photoshop will apply default values to the image. Adjust the angle, size, spread, and distance values of the shadow alter the photo to your liking. You will see a preview of your drop shadow in the main image behind the dialogue box.

  7. 7

    Click "OK" to apply the shadow and close the dialogue box.

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