Creating Drop Shadows
Drop shadow is a very simple effect and it is very easy to create this kind of shadow from virtually any object or graphic.
You can do drop shadows in Photoshop 2, but that is not an elegant way of doing them.
Layers, introduced in Photoshop 3 are the best way to create shadows. First, create any object, picture or photograph in a layer. If you start working on a solid background, you'll have problems with transparent spaces later. Transparent areas will be needed if you want your shadow to show through those areas. If you want to create a shadow around a photo, don't worry about transparency.
Anyway, before creating a shadow, make sure that foreground (object that makes shadow) is on the layer.
# Then: Create a copy of this layer.
# Maker sure that new layer is under the original one.
# Float the image in the new layer.
# Select brush or airbrush.
# Select the color — that will be the shadow's color.
# Deselect image.
# Then go to Filter menu, choose Blur, then Gaussian Blur.
# Set required blur amount.
After that move blurred image according to your taste. Generally, lightsource should be in the upper-left part of the image. Conclusion — shadow should be in lower-right position.
Prego — your image has a drop shadow. Add sugar/salt/pepper/milk.
I am not sure you are aware of the caliber of artists on this forum. Maybe you should take a look around. On that note, it is a nice tut, although using old(very dated) versions.
Wondering if this is an old post? That somehow got through!
This is definately not something we want to know...try solving my post in this section about layer styles disappearing on being flatenned to a jpeg etc.
I dont think it gives clear idea on creating drop shadow.Its not a complete tutorial to teach someone.