Create a Long Shadow in Photoshop

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If you’ve spent less than 5 minutes on Dribbble, you’ve probably seen ‘long shadow’ icons. Playing off the ‘flat UI’ trend, these shadows are meant to give slight depth to your icons. In today’s tutorial, I show you how this effect can be done using Photoshop’s 3D functionality.

Long Shadow Icons

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Note: 3D functionality is not available in all versions of Photoshop. For features like you saw in this video, you must have Photoshop CS6 Extended, or Photoshop CC, with a supporting computer.

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  • Mounir

    Good tutorial thank you very much 🙂

  • Soumya

    Thats awesome man ! Thanks a lot …
    I was searching over the net for this tutorial.

  • Daniel Thomassin

    Bonjour;Merci beaucoup pour votre tutoriel ;je vous souhaite une bonne journée.

  • godling

    very helpful

  • andrewisnotamused

    This takes ages to render. Great tutorial, though! 🙂

  • Dennis Smit

    Great video Howard!! Tnx 😉

  • uhanepono

    Great tut, as usual, Howard! I need more 3D tuts, I am soo lame at it! I found if I used the marquee tooll and selected a tiny area I could full render that quickly and get an idea of what to change. Here’s a screen shot (will render overnight) of what I came up with, Aloha, Uhane

  • I agree, i think this long shadow thing is a fad. Kind of like the internet’s verrsion of Member’s only jackets. But clients are asking for it, so this is cool to know. Great tut. thanks.

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  • So when I rotate to 90 degrees at minute 2:25, my icon doesn’t change views to the front again, i am still seeing the top. What am I doing wrong? I am using CS6 Extended.

  • Satheesh Chandran

    Hey bro,
    It’s so helpfull,
    Thank you