How do I create a white drop shadow in Photoshop? The shadow disappears when I change the colour to #ffffff.

Steps I have tried to produce a drop shadow:

  • Assuming you have two layers (as shown in the image below). Right click on the top layer (in the layers window).
  • Select Blending Options.
  • In the Layer Style popup, select Drop Shadow (on the left).
  • In the Drop Shadow settings change the colour to #FFFFFF.
  • Click Ok twice.
  • You will notice that the shadow has disappeared.

Hope this helps. Please feel free to ask if I didn't explain it right or if there is any ambiguity.

Thanks in advance for the help.

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    By the way, thanks for whoever gave me a votedown for asking a question. Cheers!
    – Oxon
    Nov 6, 2013 at 14:57
  • Fair enough @Matt_2.0 Thanks for adding a comment which helps me see what is wrong. I thought my question was clear enough as drop shadow is a commonly used feature. But apparently I was wrong in thinking that. I am going to edit the question now as suggested.
    – Oxon
    Nov 6, 2013 at 15:17

2 Answers 2


By default, the Drop Shadow Layer Style is set to Multiply blend mode.

In order to use a lighter color, first click the small color box to set the color, Then change the Blend Mode drop down menu to something other than Multiply. For lighter colors Screen will be more appropriate. However, Luminosity, Normal, Color Dodge will all also result in the lighter "shadow" being visible.

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Finally, I figured it out. In the layer style window, I selected the drop shadow checkbox and then selected normal from the layer mode dropdown.

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