I'm illustrating a radio button element. When unticked I want the element to be perceived as being "descended" into the page, with a inner shadow at the top and a inner glow at the bottom.

The inner shadow does what I want to, adding a slight shadow in the top of the element, right beneath its border. The glow however is applied to the entire edge of the element, this is not what I want. As with the shadow only being in the top I want the glow to only be at the bottom.

How do I achieve this the easiest way, can it be done in the same effects step (without having to rasterize or make new selections in the layer)?

Edit: I've found that I can specify a inner glow in the bottom at the same time as I specify the inner shadow using the Brevel & Emboss effect. Then I could turn the shadow from B&E down to 0% opacity and only use the glow. It works, but it's not as "fool proof" as the drop shadow effect since you specify the angle in two dimensions in B&E whereas in drop shadow you only specify the angle in one dimension.

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    I think you've got some pretty good solutions in there. May I ask why you're against rasterizing the effects? You can also duplicate the shape, apply another style and then turn the fill to 0%.
    – Hanna
    Feb 4, 2013 at 14:11
  • @Johannes you're very right. I was merely interested to know if there was some quick and easy way of applying a positioned inner glow in the same way as applying the inner shadow. What you suggest, duplicating the layer setting the fill to 0% adding a white drop shadow and letting it go from the bottom (which I assumed was what you suggested) is indeed a very good solution to it. However, it's quite a few more steps than the simple apply of the drop shadow. I don't know, maybe I'm just being lazy... :-) Feb 4, 2013 at 14:23
  • Can you send the screenshot how you want ?
    – MK_
    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:59

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2 more step to your workflow: convert element to smart object and apply inner shadow with new angle.

  • true, but then the initial shadow is not editable any more. Feb 13, 2013 at 14:17
  • it's editable inside smart object Feb 13, 2013 at 15:13
  • Ok, that's pretty cool. A feature that I was unaware of, "inception of smart objectifying". It's still a bit more cumbersome than I would wish, but as a feature that I was previously unaware of this is great! Feb 13, 2013 at 16:09

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