This tutorial was written in PSE8, so some menu items may be in a different place, however the concept remains the same. First, add your shadow as you normally would to your element. I’ve got the word “warp” up here again using the pink alphabet in We’re All Mad Here: Revisited with one of my usual shadows on each letter… I’m going to go through this tutorial with the letter P.
Double click on the FX icon that appears on the layer with the shadow you want warped.
Move the distance slider to a bigger number. When you move the distance slider, you want the shadow to NOT TOUCH the element. Very important! I’m working on a 12 x 12 canvas, so 600 is plenty in this case. When you’ve got the shadow moved out, hit OK
Now right click on the layer and click on Simplify Layer
ou should have the element and the shadow showing on the same layer now
Using the rectangle marquee tool, outline the shadow so that the entire shadow is selected (but not any part of the element)
Then right click inside the box and click on Layer via Cut
Now the shadow is on it’s own layer
Just in the wrong spot, lol, so move the shadow layer down one and move the shadow itself back up under your element.
This is what I have now:
Warping the shadow isn’t as all involved or sophisticated as it is in PS with it’s neat little Warp effect. It has to be done by stretching it out, so click on the bounding box
While holding down the CTRL button, drag a corner marker of the box out a little bit. I’ve overexaggerated the movement here so you can see what I mean:
Now for realz… here’s the warp:
When you’re done getting the look you want on the shadow, click the green checkmark to commit the change
Then repeat the process for any other elements you want to warp the shadows for... and that's it :)