Layers with different directional drop shadows in Photoshop


Question

I am wondering how to have 2 different directional drop shadows in the one file with Photoshop. e.g. 2 different type layers — one has a drop shadow at 90 degrees, the other at -45 degrees.

Currently it seems Photoshop only lets me have 1 universal direction for the whole file, which I find really pointless.

I know how to apply different drop shadows and merge down layers to achieve the same thing, but its tedious and not exactly streamlined for making future changes to that layer.

How is this achieved?

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3/1/2017 2:52:00 PM

Accepted Answer

When you are setting the drop shadow effect on an layer, uncheck the "Use Global Light" checkbox.

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11/17/2011 4:52:00 AM

Uncheck the "Use Global Light" checkbox in the Drop Shadow dialog. If it's checked, then any change you make will be reflected in any other drop shadow, bevel and emboss, satin, etc. that has it checked.


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