All Collections
Free Features
Shadows
Add shadows to your designs
Add shadows to your designs

Learn how to add shadows to the objects in your designs

C
Written by Craig Wright
Updated this week

Shadows can make your designs look more realistic and interesting, with added depth for a more 3D effect.

A hiking boot on a white background. The boot has a strong shadow, making it look more realistic and interesting.

In Photoroom, there are two different ways of adding shadows:

  • Shadow settings for each object, where you control the position and style of the shadow

  • AI-generated shadows, where Photoroom will generate a shadow automatically, based on the lighting in your image.

In this article, we explain how to use the shadow settings for an object layer. To learn about AI Shadows, see Add AI Shadows to your designs.


On iPhone and iPad

To add and style a shadow for an object in your design:

(Video shows Photoroom on iPhone)

  1. On the Create page, select Your Content and then select the design you want to edit. Alternatively, you can create a new design from the Create page and then edit that.

  2. Select the layer for the object that you want to have a shadow.

  3. In the object's settings, turn the Shadow feature on.

  4. Select Shadow to reveal the shadow settings.

  5. Use the 90°, 45°, and to set the angle of the shadow to any of these preset amounts.

  6. Select Intensity and use the slider at the bottom to change the appearance of the shadow.

    • Low values give you a lighter shadow.

    • High values give you darker shadow.

  7. Select Blur and use the slider at the bottom to control the sharpness of the shadow.

    • Low values give you harder edges and a more solid fill.

    • Higher values are for softer edges and a more gradual fill.

  8. Select Color to change the color of the shadow. Use the color selector to choose the color.

  9. Select Move.
    You now have two options:

    • Select 2D.
      You can now move the shadow up, down, left, or right.

    • Select 3D.
      You can now change the perspective of the shadow. This has a "tilt" effect that helps to create depth in your design.

  10. Select Done.

  11. Select Shortness and use the slider at the bottom to change the length of the shadow.

    • High values make the shadow longer.

    • Low values make the shadow shorter.

  12. Select Done.

  13. Select the Export icon in the top-right corner. Use the export options to save your design or share it.


On Android

To add and style a shadow for an object in your design:

(Video shows Photoroom on Android)

  1. On the Create page, select Your Content and then select the design you want to edit. Alternatively, you can create a new design from the Create page and then edit that.

  2. Select Layers.

  3. Select the layer for the object that you want to have a shadow.

  4. In the object's settings, turn the Shadow feature on.

  5. Select Shadow to reveal the shadow settings.

  6. Choose from the preset shadows (Top 1, Top 2, Long 1, Long 2, Contact) or select Custom to create your own shadow.

    Steps 7 to 12 inclusive only apply if you choose Custom.

  7. Select Intensity and use the slider at the bottom to change the appearance of the shadow.

    • Low values give you a lighter shadow.

    • High values give you darker shadow.

  8. Select Blur and use the slider at the bottom to control the sharpness of the shadow.

    • Low values give you harder edges and a more solid fill.

    • Higher values are for softer edges and a more gradual fill.

  9. Select Color to change the color of the shadow. Use the color selector to choose the color.

  10. Select Shortness and use the slider at the bottom to change the length of the shadow.

    • High values make the shadow longer.

    • Low values make the shadow shorter.

  11. Select Move. You can now move the shadow up, down, left, or right. Select Done when you have finished.

  12. Select Move 3D. You can now change the perspective of the shadow. This has a "tilt" effect that helps to create depth in your design. Select Done when you are finished.

  13. Select Done to close the shadow settings.

  14. Select Done to close the Layers settings.

  15. Select Export. Use the export options to save your design or share it.


On Web App

To add and style a shadow for an object in your design:

(Video shows Photoroom on Web App)

  1. On the Create page, select Your Content and then select the design you want to edit. Alternatively, you can create a new design from the Create page and then edit that.

  2. Select the layer for the object that you want to have a shadow.

  3. In the object's settings, turn the Shadow feature on.

  4. Select Shadow to reveal the shadow settings.

  5. Select Intensity and use the slider at the bottom to change the appearance of the shadow.

    • Low values give you a lighter shadow.

    • High values give you darker shadow.

  6. Select Blur and use the slider at the bottom to control the sharpness of the shadow.

    • Low values give you harder edges and a more solid fill.

    • Higher values are for softer edges and a more gradual fill.

  7. Select Color to change the color of the shadow. Use the color selector to choose the color.

  8. Select Shortness and use the slider at the bottom to change the length of the shadow.

    • High values make the shadow longer.

    • Low values make the shadow shorter.

  9. Select Move.
    You now have two options:

    • Select 2D.
      You can now move the shadow up, down, left, or right.

    • Select 3D.
      You can now change the perspective of the shadow. This has a "tilt" effect that helps to create depth in your design.

  10. Select the back arrow next to Move Shadow to return to the layer settings.

  11. Select Download to save a local copy. Photoroom also saves the image to your workspace.


Did this answer your question?