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I'm looking to recreate this effect in Photoshop by giving a shadow only to the corners of the rectangle (in this case a sticky note):

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You can either use a normal drop shadow for the outer irregular one (a short distance with a larger size will let you see the borders all around the shape), which will give you something like this:

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Or manually add one for the bottom corners using shapes, transformations and blur:

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To recreate it just:

  • Duplicate the shape in the back, and use the Warp tool to lower the bottom corners

  • Apply a Gaussian blur to the shadow shape

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