Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

How do I get the following shadow effect pls? In my image, I tried to add shadows and increased the size of the shadows. No avail. :(

I want to get the shadow/smoky effect that is present in the borders of the red and green portions. I think I can somehow get the drop shadow effect of the Christmas trees. Even the green portion has a smoky shadow effect. Would love to reproduce the effect.

enter image description here

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

The edge effect is called a vignette.

You can simply draw a radial gradient on a layer...


You could also use the Inner Glow layer style on a layer.

The tree shadow is simply a large Drop Shadow layer style.

Or for more complex methods, Google will turn up hundreds of tutorials. The first few Google results....

share|improve this answer
Thanks Scott! It worked! :) – sammydude Oct 27 '13 at 19:15
The 2nd link ( had a nice video on how to do it. How do I post the image that I worked on? :) – sammydude Oct 27 '13 at 19:17

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.