Create Long Shadows Using Generator
Long shadow design is always popular among designers. Previously, we showed how to create your own Design for long shadows in Photoshop using different layers. It’s convenient, of course, but if you’re a Photoshop enthusiast looking for an easier way to get the Design you want for long shadows, we’ve found a free Photoshop extension that you can use.
Ray’s Long Shadow Generator is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to create the long shadow effect with just one click. However, it only works with Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC compatibility – an upgrade is required to take full advantage of it.
The long shadow generator can be downloaded here for Photoshop CS6 and here for Photoshop CC. Once the file has been saved on your computer, double-click on the file to start the installation process in Adobe Extension Manager. All you have to do is simply follow the instructions until you are done.
The long shadow generator offers you 2 options that you can customize according to your needs:
- Long shadow length, used to adjust the length of the created shadow. The length is measured in pixels and is only available in predefined sizes: 10, 20, 40, 80, 160, and 320 pixels. The default size is 40 pixels.
- Long shadow opacity, which affects the transparency of the shadow. By default, the opacity is 20%. The resulting shadow comes in black shadows and white shadows. This will make it easier for you to work with light or dark backgrounds.
As this Plugin follows the trend of flat design, its shadow has no gradient or light effect, an Option enabled by default. If you don’t want to apply it, just uncheck The Reduce Option.
Finally, you get 4 different shadow directions: bottom right, bottom left, top right, and top left. To change direction, just press the square button next to the generate button until you get what you want.
Demo Of Use
Let’s look at the Plugin with this Office icon from Martin in action. This plugin creates a series of layers according to the length of the shadow. The longer the length, the more layers are created. These layers are then merged into a single shadow layer.
If the image has a merged background, hide them a little to separate them, because this Plugin applies a long shadow by detecting the shape of the image.
Now let’s give our icon a long shadow effect. In the Long shadow generator panel, Change the default shadow length to 160 pixels and disable The Reduce option. Before clicking the generate button, make sure that you have selected a layer to which you want to add the effect. It should be only 1 layer. Now click on the generate button and wait.
When this is done, a new layer is displayed with the same name as the selected layer, as well as a suffix. If you have already activated the Reduce option, this new layer will not have a gradient overlay effect. And that’s it.here is The Office icon with a beautiful long shadow effect generated from a simple Plugin.