How to Make a Page Spread in PhotoshopDec 13, 2020
I'm going to show you the easiest, quickest trick to applying drop shadows to images in Photoshop and I wanted to take a moment to share it with you, because you guys know I'm ALL about shortcuts. Creating page spreads on Photoshop is one of my favorite ways to promote classes and show groups of different art pieces without feeling like I'm overwhelming an image!
This trick is SUPER easy and a great way to make them look like actual pages with depth instead of just flat images.
Hey, moving-visual learners! I didn't forget about you! Scroll to the bottom of this tutorial for my video on how to make page spreads!
Step 1: Make sure your images are your desired size
Make sure the files you're bringing into the document are cropped at the size orientation you want them to be. You will be able to resize it afterward but only with sizing and not the actual shape of the image. I mean you could, but more work so no thanks. Tilt the image slightly to the left by hovering the mouse just outside of one of the bounding box points. The other images should follow suit to eventually create a fan effect. You're welcome to go back and adjust the tilt of individual images later if needed.
Upload the next image and adjust the size if needed. I kind of just throw all of my images on the page to begin and then swap my layers for the order I want them in.
Step 2: Tilt each image
Make sure the images are spread out enough so you can actually see all of them, at least briefly, whether they be on the bottom of the stack or the top. It can get a little dicey at times, but as long as you can see a portion of all of your images - you're on the right track.
Step 3: Add the drop shadow and adjust settings
To add the drop shadow, click the first layer - mine being the carrot layer. Select "fx" and click "drop shadow."
A separate window will pop up for the settings area on the drop shadow. Change the angle and make the light source go up in the top right of the circle and the shadow will focus on the left-hand side and bottom of the image.
You can also adjust the distance of how far the shadow goes out. This is going to make the page look like it's hovering so you don't want it to get too crazy! Or you do, it's really up to you.
Cool thing ALERT! Once you press "ok" it automatically remembers all the settings that were just selected so you just have to go through each layer and apply the drop shadow and the same settings will be applied.
Once the drop shadows are on, you have better visuals of where the pages are. So go back and fix any errors on your page spread!
Step 4 (optional): Change the background color
Next up is changing the background color! Select your background layer and go to the circle icon on the bottom right that's half dark and half light. Then select "solid color" and it will apply a solid color background to your spread, which makes it look SO much better.
When this box pops up, it allows you to change the color in real-time, which I love! That way you can really explore different shades of color in real-time.
And that's that guys! I told you it would be super easy. I hope these tips and tricks helped your Photoshop skills, I know they helped mine! Page spreads are so helpful when you're trying to showcase more than one piece but ALL on the same image. They've come in handy for me sooo many times, I hope they do the same for you!