Water Droplets Tutorial

When the rainy season is nearing or around the corner, it’s a cool way to have a creation in tune with the weather – something wet like rain or water droplets. In this tutorial, we’ll make realistic water droplets on a maple leaf. You can have your own choice of leaf, preferably the broad ones so you have ample room to place your droplets.

STEP 1. OPEN STOCK PHOTO AND DUPLICATE

Open your leaf photo into your Photoshop. A Background layer will then appear at your layers palette. Duplicate it to have your Background copy. This is optional actually but quite helpful for newbies so as to ensure there’s always a copy to return to in case of messing-up in the middle or, worst, may lost all the work.

STEP 2. MAKING THE DROPLETS

Create a new layer (Layer>New>Layer… or click the icon before the trash icon below your layers palette). When done, select the Elliptical Marquee Tool and make a circular or elliptical shape into the leaf. Don’t bother whatever the shape created, we’ll distort that anyway in making the droplets.

Now, click the Gradient Tool and select the Line Gradient. Be sure to have your foreground and background colors be white and black. Make a gradient now to the elliptical shape you’ve created by clicking your mouse (while holding it down) from one end to the other end, like the figure below.

STEP 3. APPLY LAYER STYLE

It’s time to make that elliptical figure into a real water droplet. To do this, first, set the Blending Mode to Overlay and Opacity to 50%;

2nd, select Drop Shadow (click the fx sign below your layers palette and select Drop Shadow) with the following settings:

3rd, Inner Shadow with the following values:

This is how it looks like now.

STEP 4. APPLY LIQUIFY FILTER

By applying the Liquify Filter, we’re making the droplet more realistic with uneven or random shape. You can freely make the shape you want as long as it looks natural to be a droplet. Here is the outcome after applying the filter.

STEP 5. ADDING MORE DROPLETS

To make more droplets, just follow the procedure above, but this time, the shapes had to be different in sizes and shapes.

STEP 6. MAKING SHINING LIGHTS ON THE DROPLETS

To do this, highlight each of the droplet layer first, then choose a small white brush and click it into each of the drops. You can apply Gaussian Blur if necessary, with the appropriate radius value.

STEP 7. FLATTEN IMAGE AND SAVE

When done with all your droplets, merge all visible layers or flatten image, then save your work.

Here is the final result:

Cool Retro-Look Effect in Photoshop

Transforming your boring photo into a retro-look effect can be more appealling, really cool, and fun. This can be achieved basically by filters and layer styles. An easy-to-follow tutorial which you can do it in a few minutes.

You can download the image below here. This will be the photo we’ll be using here as an example. You can have your own photo to work with if you prefer to.

This is the final result we’d like to achieve:

Step 1 – Opening and duplicating the photo
After downloading the photo, or if you have already one ready in your gallery, open this into your Photoshop and duplicate it.

So, by now, you have your ‘Background’ and ‘Background copy’ as seen in your layers palette.

Step 2 – Darkening the photo
To really have that old-look effect on the photo, we have to darken this a bit in preparation to the next step that we will do. So, to do this, go to Image>Adjustments>Levels… With the adjustment levels box in view, follow this settings: 60, 1.00, 220 (from left to right).

And we have this photo as a result right now:

Step 3 – Applying film grain
Duplicate the ‘levels’ layer first then rename it later into ‘film grain’ layer after this step is done. Meantime,to make that photo looks really old, we will apply film grain effect into it, e.g., Filters>Artistic>Film Grain… Apply the settings below:

> grain: 4
> highlight area: 0
> intensity: 10

Step 4 – Color Halftone application
Last with the filers. Apply this time the halftone color to the photo: Filter>Pixelate>Color Halftone… Set the maximum radius to 4, and leave the others into their default values.

Step 5 – Applying the layer style
Yay, we are almost done! So, done in pixelating (halftone) the photo, we’ll move on in applying a layer style into it.

Duplicate the ‘halftone’ layer and rename it into ‘soft light’, because we really have to convert the blending mode from ‘Normal’ into ‘Soft Light’. To do so, click the blending mode option (which is set to Normal by default) then scroll down and choose Soft Light (or, depending on the result, you may choose other blend mode like Darken, Color Dodge, Multiply, or whatever that may best suite your taste).

This is what we’ve got now:

Step 6 – Changing the background of the girl
First, we have to make a new document, same size as our stock photo (384×352), then fill with black.

Apply the following filters : Noise – 10, Render – Clouds, Gaussian Blur – 50.
Radial Gradient: BG color- 11143d, FG color- white. Draw a gradient from center to the top right corner (or any corner for that matter).

Apply Halftone (Filter>Pixelate>Color Halftone… max radius: 4. After this, make a selection out of the girl by using the Pen Tool, copy it, then paste it onto the new layer we’ve just created. Fix edges by using the Eraser in soft brush and blur it a bit.

Sans the border, you’ll now have a new white-to-blue background for the girl!

Last Step – Creating the border
There are 2 ways to make the border: by applying right away Stroke (fx>Stroke on your layers palette) and just fill in the value how thick is your border and what color; or, make a new document larger than the size of our stock photo, say adding 50 pixels, more or less, depending what thickness you want, aside from the color of your choice.

The color applied here is e19e1d, following the latter option (e.g., making a new document).

DONE!

Romantic Image Effect Inside A Glass

How would you like one of your most memorable photos placed inside a drinking glass that looks like a real souvenir ready to be given to your friends, or for keeps? That’s pretty cool, right?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to easily put any image into any object or place you want. As an example, I’m showing you here how to put a newly-wed couple’s photo inside a drinking glass. The steps below will guide you all the way how to do it, from start to finish.

Stocks needed:

Step 1 – Open a new document (File>New…)
First off, we’ll open a new document where we will be creating a backgrount for the stocks that we’ll be using here. Calculate the size of your canvas. This will depend how you imagined the end result looks like. When done, duplicate it.

By now, you should have your Background and Background copy layer as shown in the layer dialog box below:

Step 2 – Make a gradient background
With the Background copy as the active layer, select the Radial Gradient (click first the Gradient tool in the tool box then select the Radial icon located at the top left part, e.g. the 2nd icon from the left).

>foreground color: 131444
>background color: white

Step 3 – Add Noise
Still with the above active layer, add noise into it (Filter>Noise) with the following settings below:

Step 4 – Apply Gaussian Blur
To complete creating our background, we’ll have to apply a little bit of Gaussian blur to get a nice, soft effect. To do this, go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur… and follow the settings below:

For now, we’re initially done with the background. We’ll make some more adjustments later depending how the elements (stock images) blend well.

Now, we’ll get into the interesting part… One by one, we will be putting our stock images into place in the canvass.

Step 5 – Place the drinking glass onto the canvass
Open the drinking glass photo first because it is where the newly-wed couple image will be placed into. After that, make a selection out of it by grabbing the Quick Selection Tool, Copy, then Paste it to the Background copy layer.

Step 6 – Resize and reposition the pasted drinking glass
Resize and reposition the image into the center of the canvass, a little bit to the left to give room for the bottle later (Edit>Free Transform).

Step 7 – Place the newly-wed couple photo onto the drinking glass
Open the couple’s photo, select, copy, and paste it onto the glass (with the photo opened, go to Select>All… then Edit>Copy; click Background copy layer to activate it, then Edit>Paste). Apply Free Transform tool to resize and position the image exactly onto the drinking glass, as shown below:

Step 8 – Fitting the image right
Erase the portruding parts of the couple’s image by using the Eraser Tool, brush mode, soft brush. By the way, before erasing, lessen the opacity of the image (not the brush) about 50% or less so that the glass is visible and can serve as guide in erasing the unwanted edges of the image. When satisfied, bring back the opacity to 100% by dragging the slider to the right in full.

This is how it looks now:

Done with the main element, accessories next…

Step 9 – Place the bottle to the canvass
Open the bottle photo, make a selection, copy and paste it onto the Background copy layer, beside the glass on the right (see image below).

After that, apply a shadow of it: click “fx” icon located at the bottom of the layer dialog box, then select Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Step 10 – Apply drop shadow to the glass
Like what we did to the above (bottle), we will apply also a drop shadow to the glass with the same settings.

Step 11 – Add the floral vector
Load the floral vector photo onto the canvass, at the lower left corner; apply the Free Transform tool and rotate clockwise 90 degrees, lying exactly levelled at the bottom. Stretch to the right until it reaches almost half of the bottle below it, and stretch upward up to the base of the glass. Refer image below…

Step 12 – Erase unwanted parts of the floral vector
Take the Eraser Tool, set Mode: Brush, soft brush. Use medium size on the edges and smaller sizes between curves. Set Opacity to about 75%. Just a little work here because the color blends well with the background. We could have used the layer mask otherwise.

When done, apply a Gaussian Blur, 1-1.5 pixel radius, and we should now have like this:

Step 13 – Apply Gaussian Blur to the Glass and Bottle Layers
Apply Gaussian Blur each of the said layers, with the same settings as the floral vector.

Step 14 – Applying a livelier look of the Background layer
The general look seems to be a bit dull, so we have to adjust the lights more by applying layer styles – either by Multiply or Linear Burn mode. If you prefer a bit stronger effect, you can choose the latter. I used the Multiply mode here, Opacity to 100%. Before going into this, don’t forget to Merge all visible layers first.

Step 15 – Coloring the Circles (optional)
Although this is optional, you might like those circles to be multi-colored abd have aa cool look on that bottle. To do it, grab the Elliptical Marquee tool and draw circles (smaller or the same size) on the circles seen on the bottle. One by one, fill them with colors of your choice (after choosing the color, go to Edit>Fill…).

Step 16 – Finalization
For the final touches, we have to adjust the image colors a bit to highlight areas that needs more lighting and darkening. We will do this by going to Image>Adjustments>Curves…

Flatten image (Layer>Flatten Image…), and there you are!

Dramatic Landscape Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial you will learn how to transform flat images into some kind of a dramatic, dreamy effect out of it with the proper use of layer styles, filters, and other adjustments.

Here is the final result preview we’ll work with:

Stock photos used for this tutorial

The first image was taken at DigitalBasphemy and the other somewhere in the internet which, the exact source i forgot. You can always have your alternative images if you like, as there are plenty of sources to get from in the internet. Or, maybe you have stocks ready from your gallery already. That would be fine.

Step 1 – Open the landscape photo
To start, open your landscape photo into Photoshop (File>Open).

Step 2 – Open the photo of the storks
Just like what you did above, open your flying birds photo (not your birdie, lol!).

Step 3 – Create a selection of the birds
To make a selection, grab the Quick Selection tool (magic wand or pen tool, whichever you prefer) and start selecting the birds. Make it as accurate as possible for easier editing later. When done, copy and paste it onto the Landscape layer.

Step 4 – Resize and reposition the birds
The birds are too big you can’t see them in full (and out-of-bounds, of course) so we have to resize it and place them where we want to lie onto the background. To do this, we’ll use the Free Transform tool (Edit>Free Transform). Click Ok when done. Here’s what it looks like:

Step 5 – Fix the rough edges
Most likely, there are portions that are not exactly selected earlier before pasting thereby creating rough edges in it. We will fix these by using the Eraser.
Mode: Brush (soft)
Opacity: 100
Flow: 100

Use soft, small brushes to erase rough edges carefully and patiently. Yes, carefully because you might erase the whole bird and mess-up the whole thing!

Step 6 – Soften the edges
After that not-so tedious erasing act, we’ll get moving by softening the edges this time. Too sharp, isn’t it? It’s not realistic for a flying bird and don’t match with the background definitely. We’ll take the Soft Brush then and brush around the edges of the birds to blur them a bit and making that soft effect onto it. Don’t overdo it because we’ll still have to blur the whole birds. Lessen the opacity if necessary.

Step 7 – Blur the image
The birds are flying, right? They should be blurred a little bit then, ok? We have options here to choose from – Gaussian or Motion blur. Both will do but I prefer the Motion Blur. Select it and follow the settings below:

And here is the result:

Step 8 – Brighten the birds
We’ll have to brighten-up the birds a bit to blend with the succeeding step that we will do. To do this, we’ll have to create a Clipping Mask from the active layer then adjust the brightness/contrast (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Brightness/Contrast).

Step 9 – Apply gradient to background
After finishing with the birds, we’ll make some tweaks on the background this time. To start with, go to Layer Styles and select Gradient Overlay (Click fx icon below the layer dialog box>Gradient Overlay..).On the dialog box that appears, apply the following settings:

Now click that gradient bar editor and apply the following (i.e., the Opacity should be set to 60, which will make the black color into gray).:

Step 10 – Blur the background
Time to blend the background with the flying storks. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur… Set the radius to about 0.5-1.5. Click Ok.

Step 11 – Create a warm effect and radiance
In creating a radiance with warmth to that dreamy background we’ve just created, there’s a unique effect, somewhat mystery behind after applying the said adjustments. The Lens Flare will do this… Filter>Render>Lens Flare…

And the result…

Step 12 – Merge Layers
Merge all visible layers now and we’re almost done. You can stop here actually.

Step 13 – Make more light and contrast adjustments
To continue, go to Image>Adjustments>Curves… Apply the following to obtain that more radiant look without losing the previous photo effect.

Yay, we’re done!

Multi-Colored Eyes, Lips, and Hair

Earlier, I’ve made a tutorial on how to make a multi-colored photo. This time, with a different approach, I will show you how to make a multi-colored eyes, lips, and hair, bringing a cool, savvy effect you surely would like!

As always, this tutorial is easy-to-follow.

Here is the final product we shall work with…

Open a photo.
Here is a photo of Go Ara, a Korean beauty which I snipped from one of her photo gallery. You can google it to have a picture of her, if you like. You can have any photo to work with, maybe a photo of a friend or yours yourself.

After opening the photo, double-click the “Background” layer. This will then become “Layer 0”, which means it is an open layer and ready for any succeeding editing work.


Create a Colored Gradient
We will be using this colored gradient throughout, to paste onto the eyes, lips, and hair of our subject. Apparently, this is one of the main element needed in our subject and is quite easy to do. To create this,

1. Make a new document (File>New…). A 200×200 pixels would do. It can be resized anyway by using the Free Transform tool later. Set color to black. Double-click this layer.

2. Go to Filter>Render>Fibers…

3. Click the “fx” icon below the layer dialog box (or right-click layer) then choose Gradient Overlay. From the box that appears, click the Gradient (black-to-white) option which will then lead you to the Gradient Selector box. Select that multi-colored gradient. The Gradient Overlay box will look like the one below now.

And the black-and-white fiber that we’ve created earlier would now become like this on your window:

For now, we’re done with the color material that we will use. It’s time to paste it onto our target parts.

Select, Copy, and Paste Gradient

Throughout, we will be doing the same process in selecting, copying, and pasting the created gradient, as said earlier. Plus, of course, a use of the Layer Styles and Opacity. How is it done, we’ll proceed :

1. Select the gradient we’ve created (Select>All), copy (Edit>Copy);

2. Go back to the photo layer, then paste the gradient (Edit>Paste) over the lips.The lips are covered by now and can’t be seen. Set the Opacity to 50% (or lesser) so we can do the next – selecting the lips to be colored.

3. Grab the Pen Tool (from the Tool Box) and select the lips. When done, right-click mouse and click “Make Selection”.

4. Go to Select>Inverse. This leaves the lips intact when we erase. So, grab the Eraser and erase the selection.

5. Set the layer Mode to Overlay and Opacity to 50%. You can do a little bit of Gaussian Blur (Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur) to 2px, depending what suites you best. Yay, we’ve finished the lips! One down.

Here is the result for the lips:

6. Next, the eyes… Just follow the procedure above to get the desired result. Do it first with the first eye, then the second.

7. Do the same procedure for the hair as above but only this time, the gradient will fill-in exactly the whole photo. Just the size, because the hair is big, of course.

Almost done here except for the edges that needs to be fixed. To do this grab the Brush tool, set to smooth, and Opacity to about 60%. Brush carefully around the hair edged especially those with excessive colors that doesn’t blend well with the hair color. Blur (Gaussian Blur) a bit to about 1 to 2 pixels to smooth edges and blend well.

And there you have it!

Text Reflection Effect

There have been countless tutorials on how to make a text reflection using Photoshop, but then I would like to share my own way of doing it, nevertheless. So easy, you can do it maybe in 5 minutes depending how fast you deal with it. Let’s start right away then…

This is the image we’re working with, step-by-step:

Step 1 : Create a new document (File>New). You may follow the settings I did below:

Step 2 : Double-click the layer (Background) on the layer dialog box. That would then be changed into an unlocked layer named “Layer 0”.


Step 3 : Fill layer with black (Edit>Fill>Black).

Step 4 : Type text. Grab the text tool (that big T located in the Tools box), choose the font type and size you want, big bold font is preferable. I used Gill Sans MT here.



Hit the check icon located on the top right of your screen to get rid of that line below your text and accepting what you just typed (e.g., “REFLECTION”).

Step 5 : Resize and reposition the text. To do this, go to Edit>Free Transform. Just drag the handler (adjustment points) to enlarge and reposition the text. Hit Enter when done.

Step 6 : Duplicate the text layer. Right-click the active layer (REFLECTION) then select “Duplicate layer…”. You have then your “REFLECTION copy” by now as seen in your layer dialog box.

Step 7 : Flip the text vertically. You can do this by going to Edit>Transform>Flip vertical. You should have the flipped text by now, overlapping the original text. Grab the Move tool then drag down the flipped text while pressing the Shift key. Release mouse when done. You should have something like the one below.

Step 8 : Create layer mask. With the “REFLECTION copy” being the active layer, click the “Add layer mask” icon located below the layer dialog panel (that little square with a white circle in it).
We are doing this to make a fading effect on the flipped text we just created.

Step 9 : Make a gradient. Grab the gradient tool, then select Linear gradient. While holding the Shift key, make a gradient out of your mouse from bottom up to the middle.

This is what it looks like now:

You can stop here actually. Most tutorials end here. Well, for me, I’d like to add a little bit more effect on the text. I don’t want it to be too flat. Let’s apply more layer style to make the text stand out.

Step 10 : Apply layer style. Right-click the existing active layer (“REFLECTION copy”) then select Blending Options. With the Layer Style dialog box in view, check Inner Shadow, then hit Ok.

Step 11 : Apply layer style again. This time, right-click the original text layer (“REFLECTION”), hit Blending Options, then check Inner Shadow again. Just leave the default values as is. Hit Ok.

Finally, this is what it looks like now… and done!

Image in Text – Photoshop Tutorial

Here’s one of the first text effects I’ve learned in Photoshop. I remember quite well I made one for the birthday of my friend, sort of a birthday postcard, with “Happy Birthday” inscribed on it. I posted this to his Facebook wall and he is so delighted and gave his sweetest thanks. I was so happy for it. So, here we are, I’d like to share it too!

Step 1: Open A Photo To Place Inside Your Text
First, we need the image that we’re going to place inside of our text. I’ll use this panoramic photo of Boracay (a famous tourist destination in the Philippines):

Step 2: Duplicate The Background Layer
If we look in the Layers palette, we can see that we currently have one layer, named Background. This layer contains our image. We need to duplicate this layer, and the easiest way to do that is by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac). If we look once again in the Layers palette, we see that we now have two layers. The original Background layer is on the bottom, and a copy of the Background layer, which Photoshop automatically named “Layer 1”, is sitting above it:

Step 3: Add A New Blank Layer Between The Two Layers
Next, we need to add a new blank layer between the Background layer and “Layer 1”. Currently, “Layer 1” is the layer that’s selected in the Layers palette. We can tell which layer is selected because the selected layer is always highlighted in blue. Normally, when we add a new layer, Photoshop places the new layer directly above whichever layer is currently selected, which means that Photoshop would place the layer above “Layer 1”. That’s not what we want. We want the new layer to be placed below “Layer 1”. Here’s a useful trick. To add a new layer below the currently selected layer, hold down your Ctrl (Win) / Command (Mac) key and click on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette. Holding down Ctrl (Win) / Command (Mac) is the trick to placing the layer below the currently selected layer:
We now have a new blank layer named “Layer 2” sitting directly between the Background layer and “Layer 1”:

Step 4: Fill The New Layer With White
At the moment, our new layer is completely blank. Let’s fill it with white so it will appear as a white background after we’ve placed our image inside the text. Go up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and choose Fill. This will bring up Photoshop’s Fill dialog box. Select White for the Contents option at the top of the dialog box, then click OK to exit out of the dialog box

Nothing will appear to have happened in the document window, since the image on “Layer 1” is blocking “Layer 2” from view, but if we look at the layer preview thumbnail for “Layer 2” in the Layers palette, we can see that sure enough, the layer is now filled with solid white:

Step 5: Select “Layer 1” In The Layers Palette
It’s time to add our text, but in order to see the text when we add it, we’ll need to have the text appear above “Layer 1”, otherwise the image on “Layer 1” will block the text from view. To make sure we can see our text, click on “Layer 1” in the Layers palette to select it. This way, as soon as we begin typing, Photoshop will create a new type layer for us and place the type layer directly above “Layer 1”:

Step 6: Select The Type Tool
To add the text, we’ll need Photoshop’s Type Tool, so select the Type Tool (that big T) from the Tools palette. You can also quickly select the Type Tool by pressing the letter T on your keyboard:

Step 7: Choose A Font In The Options Bar
With the Type Tool selected, go up to the Options Bar at the top of the screen and choose whichever font you want to use for the effect. Generally, fonts with thick letters work best. I’m going to choose Arial Black. Don’t worry about the font size for now:

Step 8: Set White As Your Foreground Color
This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but to help me see my text, I’m going to use white for my text color. The color you choose for your text doesn’t really matter since we’ll be filling the text with an image in a moment, but it still helps to be able to see the text when we’re adding it. To set the text color to white, all we need to do is set Photoshop’s Foreground color to white. First, press the letter D on your keyboard, which will reset the Foreground and Background colors to their defaults. Black is the default color for the Foreground color and white is the default color for the Background color. To swap them so white becomes the Foreground color, press the letter X on your keyboard. If you look at the Foreground and Background color swatches near the bottom of the Tools palette, you’ll see that white is now the Foreground color (the left swatch):

Step 9: Add Your Text
With the Type Tool selected, your font chosen and white as your Foreground color, click inside your document window and add your text. I’m going to type the word “EASYTWEAKS”, obviously the name of my blog:

When you’re done, click on the checkmark (located at the top) up in the Options Bar to accept the text.

Step 10: Resize and Reposition The Text With The Free Transform Command
You’ll probably need to resize and reposition your text at this point, and we can do both of those things using Photoshop’s Free Transform command. Press Ctrl+T (Win) / Command+T (Mac) on your keyboard to bring up the Free Transform box and handles around your text, then drag any of the handles to resize the text. If you want to resize the text without distorting the look of it, hold down your Shift key and drag any of the four corner handles. You can also resize the text from its center by holding down the Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key as you drag. Finally, to move the text, click anywhere inside the Free Transform box and drag your mouse to move the text around inside the document window:

Press Enter (Win) / Return (Mac) when you’re done to accept the transformation and exit out of the Free Transform command.

Step 11: Drag The Text Layer Below “Layer 1”
Now that we have our text the way we want it, we need to move the type layer below the text in the Layers palette. Click on the text layer, then simply drag it down below “Layer 1”. You’ll see a thick black line appear between “Layer 1” and “Layer 2”:

Release your mouse button when the black line appears to drop the type layer into place between “Layer 1” and “Layer 2”.

Step 12: Select “Layer 1” Again
Click once again on “Layer 1” in the Layers palette to select it:

The text will temporarily disappear inside the document window now that the image on “Layer 1” is blocking it from view.

Step 13: Create A Clipping Mask
To create the illusion that the photo is inside the text, we need to use a clipping mask. This will “clip” the photo on “Layer 1” to the text on the layer directly below it. Any areas of the photo that appear directly above the letters will remain visible in the document. The rest of the photo will disappear from view.

With “Layer 1” selected in the Layers palette, go up to the Layer menu at the top of the screen and choose Create Clipping Mask:

The result above will appear at once when the Ok button is clicked on the dialog box. In the layer dialog box, you can also see the change in the icon of the active layer (e.g., only the text with image in it appears, and the background is nowhere to be seen).

Step 14: Add A Drop Shadow (Optional)
To complete my effect, I’m going to add a drop shadow to the letters. If you want to follow along, first select the type layer in the Layers palette, then click on the Layer Styles icon (fx) at the bottom of the Layers palette:

Select Drop Shadow from the list of layer styles that appears:

This brings up Photoshop’s Layer Style dialog box set to the Drop Shadow options in the middle column. I’m going to leave most of the options alone, but I’ll lower the Opacity of the drop shadow down to about 75% so it’s not quite so intense, and I’ll set the Angle of the drop shadow to 30°:

Click OK when you’re done to apply the drop shadow an exit out of the Layer Style dialog box. Here is my final “image in text” effect:

And there we have it!