Photoshop stroked objects and drop shadows
August 14, 2012 10:13 PM Subscribe
Photoshop semi-newbie here, using CS5. When I create a rectangular selection on a new layer over a layer with a photo, then apply a stroke to create a simple frame, I'd also like to create a subtle drop shadow that would stay outside the shape. That is, the drop shadow should show up on the outside edges of 2 of the sides of the entire rectangular selection, but not inside the other 2 edges. The drop shadow should not be applied to the stroke itself.
shows you how to do it by copying a selection to a new layer, but the frame created by the stroke and drop shadow is fixed in size and position.
This video tutorial
shows you how to create a similar effect, but the frame is movable and re-sizable, and the colour effect will move with it. I end up with a stroked rectangle that does everything shown there, except that the damn drop shadow is cast from the stroke, casting a shadow on the portion of the image on the lower layer that appears within the stroke.
The video starts after the basic frame effect has been created, but no matter how I squint and experiment, I can't recreate what he did at the start. What am I missing? (And does he convert the original selection with stroke, plus drop shadow, into a single smart object?)