I’ve been using PSE a lot more lately, as that’s what we use at the middle school where I help with the yearbook.  One thing that is frustrating folder me mightily is the set of drop shadows that is available!  What on earth are they supposed to be good for? Not scrapbooking, that’s for sure.

So, I popped open my PS and created a set of shadows using my favorite settings, and saved it for you!   Click HERE or on the image at right to DL.

I have 9 settings, of which you will probably use 4 or 5 regularly.  I included three styles that let the shadow show ever so slightly on the ”non-shadow” side of the element, so as to set it off from a similarly colored background.  I find this gives my printed layouts a great realistic look!  I always get a giggle when I catch a skeptical paper scrapper touching my book with a finger to see if it’s paper or printed!

I’ve named them by what size element they will work well on, but you’re not limited to that. Try them out and see what works for you.   Installation instructions are included in a README .pdf that’s included.

I’ll be curious to see if you find these helpful.  If you do, please feel free to pass on a link to this post so that others can be spared the drudgery of hand-tweaking every shadow on the page!  And leave me a comment so I know what you think!

Happy Scrapping!

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  1. Sandy L says:

    Hi Jenn… I was so excited about these shadows – but there is nothing there when I click on either place.

  2. pamdux says:

    the link goes to page 404 page not found

  3. Jenn says:

    Sandy, sorry! The links were messed up when I transferred from LiveWriter and I forgot to test them! All set now, give it a go again!

  4. IvoryKeys says:

    I am looking forward to giving these a spin! Thanks for giving us this set to make our layouts pop!
    .-= IvoryKeys´s last blog ..So what do you think? =-.

  5. Laser says:

    THese are going to be soooooo helpful for me. I really could use a good tutorial on using shadows as well.

    THanks so much

  6. Beckygtx says:

    Thanks, Jenn! Even though I can do one pretty quickly, these will be nice to have. And great guides!
    .-= Beckygtx´s last blog ..Long week!! =-.

  7. Zanne says:

    If you want to use these in PS you just need to load the style (.asl) file itself. Simply go to:

    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3\Presets\Styles

    Then copy Jenn’s SWshadows.asl file to the above.

    Next time you load PS her styles will be there for ya to use.

    .-= Zanne´s last blog ..Summer Splash =-.

  8. mye says:

    these are just great! thank you for sharing!
    .-= mye´s last blog ..Connie Prince:Life Is A Beautiful Thing =-.

  9. Sandy L says:

    TY Jenn – off to play with them!

  10. Pamela Nielsen says:

    I can’t open it? It says go to website address? 🙁

  11. ninigoesdigi says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Looks fantastic. I’m installing now and I’ll try very soon to check it out.
    Happy new year !!

  12. AmyP says:

    Oh Thank you for these! I can’t wait to play with them!

  13. Chris A. says:

    Thank you so much! Can never have enough shadow styles!

  14. Becky says:

    These are great- playing with them now. Thanks!

  15. cherylzyx says:

    Cool, thank you!

  16. anneofalamo says:

    oh I am a shadow junkie!!! any hope for one for a staple? lol
    .-= anneofalamo´s last blog ..?.?.?the rest of the story…… =-.

  17. KimB says:

    Just popped in here after seeing your link in Friday Freebies over at Simple Scrapper but can’t get the download to work. Am I missing some secret button or magic word.. P.S. this is a very cool give away for all us Shadow cluless gals..Just need to get at it..

    • Stan says:


      Links seems to be working. If you click on the picture or the word “here” it should prompt you to download a zip file. I will email you with the link in case this doesn’t work.

  18. Abby says:

    Thank you for the neat freebie!

  19. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the awesome shadows! I love them!

  20. Rhonda says:

    I installed the files in PSE 7 by going to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 7.0\Presets\Styles. When I opened PSE 7 to use them, they are not showing up. Where did I go wrong? Thanks.

    • Stan says:

      Sorry Adobe made it so tricky! The zip file contained a document named READMEshadow.pdf. Jenn has great instruction about where to put the files. For VISTA: Computer > Local Disk C: > ProgramData > Adobe > Photoshop Elements > 7.0 > Photo Creations > layer styles and for XP: Computer > Local Disk C: > Documents and Settings > All Users > Application Data > Adobe > Photoshop Elements > 7.0 > Photo Creations > layer styles. Remember to copy both the .asl file and the .xml file to the folder if you have PSE 7.

  21. Stefanie says:

    Hi there
    I downloaded the files no problem.
    I have vista and PSE 6.
    When I get to photo creations the sub folders under that are:
    backgrounds, filters, frames, graphics, photo effects, photo layouts, text and themes.
    I managed to put the XML document into
    6> Locale > en_US > Photo Creations Metadata > Layer styles but the .asl file must go somewhere else.
    and that is when I picked up the problem.
    The shadows don’t show up under layer styles when I open PSE6.
    Please tell me what I am doing wrong?

  22. Angie says:

    I spend so much time customizing drop shadows for that “realistic” look. When I am in a hurry, this is a problem. Thanks for these, they will be very useful!

  23. Alison says:

    Do these work on Macs? I tried the installation instructions, but nothing is happening. They look great, so I’d love to use them!!

  24. KimB says:

    Thanks everyone.. I went back later in the day and everything was working fine. Must have been a glitch with my server or something. Can’t wait to install and try out the new shadows. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Sarah says:

    Thanks!!! These will be SO much easier than adjusting them all manually!!

  26. […] I was looking for a color-blocking style layout, because I was in the mood to do one, and this one just knocked my socks off!  It’s by Kelleanne at myscrapbookart.com. What a great chance to use all those cool papers you don’t know what to do with! And LOVE those shadows – this really has a great 3D kind of look.  (If you struggle with shadows, get our free Shadows Style Set download here.) […]

  27. […] Drop shadow styles for PSE from Scrappers Workshop […]

  28. […] hard it is to install styles.  I use a lot of styles, especially my shadow styles (get them free here) and they’re a pain to […]

  29. brenda says:

    I want to download this. I have it in my downloads, but when I go to put it into my PSE I don’t have the Photo creation file.

    the steps I did:
    Program files-Adobe-photoshop elements 7.0
    but I don’t have a Photo creation file.

  30. […] I use a lot.  But my favorite style set (if I say so myself) is my Shadow Style Set (get it FREE here).  It makes adding shadows to things quick and easy in both PS and PSE, so I always keep it […]

  31. Jeanne says:

    Thank you so so so much for these shadows!!!! Way better than anything in PSE & better than the ones I purchased from another website! They were JUST the thing this year’s photo calendar needed!!! LOVE them!!!!

  32. Jeanne says:

    Oh, & thank you for the recommendation & coupon for Add-0-Matic!!! OMG was that a lifesaver & frustration lowering tool. PSE had been acting up ever since I loaded a variety of 3rd party elements & it got so bad I couldn’t get editor to open midway through working on the calendar. I was tearing my hair out, but after removing PSE, reloading & then using Add-o-Matic to put those elemnts back in, it has been functioning a 1000 times better than before!

  33. Lynnette says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I’m completely shadow challenged and these styles make me look like I know what I’m doing. I really like the way you named them & the installation instructions were very helpful. Your my hero.

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  35. Ang says:

    Thank you so much! I am always unsure of my shadow work and these will be a great help!!

  36. […] used to always use Scrapper's Workshop shadows. They are free and you can find them here… Photoshop Elements Drop Shadow Set for Digital Scrapbookers FREE | Scrappers Workshop I recently wanted to learn to do my own shadows though. So I took this class, Me and My Shadow at […]

  37. aliciab says:

    These are great and so easy to use! I did go to this file to help me with putting it on Elements 10 in case anyone else needed help. Thank you again.


    Help for PSE 10 users:

  38. […] Workshop: Style Set – includes three styles with the opposite edge […]

  39. Elise Leung says:

    Thank you very much. Looking forward to trying these out.

  40. […] Shadow Styles for Elements users HERE from Scrappers […]

  41. Connie Holso says:

    Thank you! I hate the shadows in PSE ….they are so worthless for scrapping. THANK YOU!

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