How to Remove Shadows from Photoshop Images

Shadows. They add depth to images and can display at any angle. But what if your shadows are taking away from your image and you want to remove them completely? With Photoshop, you can. Just grab the original Photoshop (PSD) file with unflattened layers to make things easier.

We’ll cover two types of shadows in this tutorial, drop shadows and inner shadows. Drop shadows apply shadows to the outside while inner shadows apply them on the inside.

I’ll show you how to quickly remove shadows in the Layers palette or Layer Style dialog box.

Option One: Removing Shadow in Layers Palette

Step 1: Open the image you want to modify in Photoshop. Go You can remove drop shadows from images in the “Layers” palette. To make the palette visible, press the “F7″ key.

Step 2: Select the layer that contains the shadow you want to remove.

Step 3: Go to the “Effects” section just below the selected layer. Click the “Eye” icon by the style (“Drop Shadow” or “Inner Shadow”) to remove the shadow from view.

Go to the Effects section in Photoshop's layers palette.

Option Two: Removing Shadow in Layer Style Dialog Box

Customize drop shadow and inner shadow styles in the Layer Style dialog box.Step 1: Go to the “Layers” palette.

Step 2: Double-click the layer with the shadow you want to remove. The Layers Style dialog box opens.

Step 3: Go to the left pane and uncheck the effect you want to remove, “Drop Shadow” or “Inner Shadow.”

Step 4: Click “OK” to apply the updates.

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4 Responses to How to Remove Shadows from Photoshop Images

  1. Sire says:

    Gee, it’s looks so simple when you outlay it like that. It just goes to show that having the tool isn’t enough, you also need to know how to use it. Thanks for the easy tutorial.

  2. Adrienne says:

    I’m with Sire on this on Allyson.. It looks so simple when you do it but not so much when I try. I’m not a big PhotoShop person. I have the Elements 6 version but am only able to do a little bit in that program. It’s way too confusing for me.

    Thanks for sharing this tip though. May need it someday.

    Adrienne :-)

    • allyson says:

      Hey, Adrienne. Thanks so much. Photoshop really is a great tool with several wonderful features. It can be confusing at first though. :) I appreciate your comment. Have a fantastic day!


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