Shadowing in PSE | Beginner


Hello Everyone! Crystal here for a super easy beginner shadowing tutorial using Photo Elements 11. I still use Elements for my scrapbooking because it was the first program that I learned to scrap with and I am scared of starting over learning a new program. Elements has been easy for me to learn and utilize and also really affordable. I am hoping that this is the year I finally upgrade from 11 and get 15. Once I do that, I will be sure to share the new features I find! I started with 5 and had been upgrading pretty much every other update and stopped at 11 mostly just because I never felt like the changes were enough to make an update worth it.

Some of this info might be a bit repetitive from other tutorials we have, but people have been requesting beginner shadow tutorials in PSE, so here I be! Today I will be showing you:

  • how to install shadow styles (free styles below)
  • how to apply them to your layers
  • how to make simple modifications

Let’s get going!¬†I decided to do a video for you all because it was just so much easier than a million screen shots and wordy rambles. If you have any questions at all please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can! You can make this full screen so it is a little easier to see.

As you can see, it is really easy to install, apply and modify them in Photoshop Elements. Here is my page with the shadows just applied and not modified at all.


Here is the link for the super awesome shadow styles from Trish. She was soooo sweet to make these for everyone and we really hope you like them! If you have any questions or need any help just give us a shout in the comments!

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  • OMG great tutorial! Thank you so much Crystal! And thank you Trish for the shadow styles…I can’t wait to get home & have some time to play :)

    I would love to learn how to set up a custom expert screen (is that what it’s called?). I know how to use expert mode, but haven’t quite figured out how to customize it.

    • You are soooo welcome!! I will work on one for setting up your custom work space! It is one that I thought would be useful but wasn’t sure so I appreciate you mentioning it!

  • Great tutorial Crystal, thank you so much and thank you Trish for the awesome shadow styles! I didn’t know you could get shadow styles and load them into PSE.

  • I have lots of styles in my collection and these are quite useful for my projects. Thank you for sharing!

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