I'm trying to recreate the circled line effect in the image below. I have tried bevel and emboss and also had a go with an ellipse and drop shadow but just can't recreating it convincingly. enter image description here

  • Maybe I don't understand, why are you using effects instead of simply drawing a circle?
    – Ryan
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 13:30

3 Answers 3


I created this example as per the settings below. Essentially a large faint drop shadow with a smaller but darker drop shadow over the top.


Well, if I got your question right, it's a pretty simple principle:

  1. Create a layer with a gray background
  2. Create a blank layer over it
  3. Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool to create an ellipse and fill it with black (step 1 in image)
  4. Add a Gaussian Blur that looks just right (step 2 in image)
  5. Take the Rectangular Marquee Tool and delete half of the ellipse (step 3 in image)
  6. Set the Blending Mode to Soft Light and use Transform (Ctrl+T) to rotate (step 4 in image)
  7. Play with Opacity till you get the desired effect

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  • @user3260707 You are welcome!
    – Alin
    Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 8:36

One way of doing it

  • Create a layer with a rectangle

  • Add a drop shadow using the layer styles palette

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  • Add a layer mask

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  • Draw a circular a gradient in the mask (make sure it is 100% white to 100% RGB black)

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  • Group the layer. This is to prevent the next step from knocking out the background.

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  • Knockout the layer using blending mode in the layer styles palette. Make sure "Layer mask hides effects" is turned on.

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