Fill (Edit>Fill Layer in PSE) 5. In the Fill dialog box, set the Use to Black, and make sure the Preserve Transparency checkbox is checked. Click OK. 6. Set your foreground color to black. 7. Using the Paint Bucket tool .... Click down inside of the duplicate acrylic element to fill the shape with black. 8. In Photoshop Elements, at the top of the Layers palette, set the blending mode for the duplicate layer to Difference. This hides the" /> Digital Scrapbooking Community - DesignerDigitals - How can I put a drop shadow under acrylic (transparent) elements?

  • How can I put a drop shadow under acrylic (transparent) elements?

    Here are designer Pattie Knox's instructions for placing a drop shadow under acrylic (transparent) elements:

    1. Create a duplicate of the acrylic element. (In PS you would right click and choose "Duplicate Layer".

    2. Drag the duplicate layer UNDERNEATH the original layer in the Layers palette and then temporarily hide the original element layer from view by clicking on the eye icon.

    3. Apply the drop shadow to the DUPLICATE layer.

    4. With the duplicate layer targeted go to Edit>Fill (Edit>Fill Layer in PSE)

    5. In the Fill dialog box, set the Use to Black, and make sure the Preserve Transparency checkbox is checked. Click OK.

    6. Set your foreground color to black.

    7. Using the Paint Bucket tool .... Click down inside of the duplicate acrylic element to fill the shape with black.

    8. In Photoshop Elements, at the top of the Layers palette, set the blending mode for the duplicate layer to Difference. This hides the black fill on the layer, and shows only the dropshadow.

    If you are using the full strength Photoshop you can change the blending mode to Difference OR you can simply drag the "Fill" slider at the top of the Layers palette to 0% which will also hide the fill while leaving the shadow behind. (Actually, I think you can find a style in PSE under "View" which is named "Hide" ... which has the same effect as lowering the fill to 0% in Photoshop. It's really just a matter of personal preference which method you use to hide the black fill while revealing the shadow.

    9. Turn the visibility of the original layer back on.

    10. You can lower the opacity of the duplicate layer once you've completed the steps above to adjust the look of the shadow.