I recently wrote a post about how to add text and overlays to images in PicMonkey and since then have had people ask about how to add a drop shadow effect to their text. Since this is not yet a PicMonkey function, I thought I’d show you how to do this manually.
Adding a drop shadow to text in PicMonkey isn’t hard. You just need to know how to duplicate a layer, recolor it and send it to the back.
Adding a Drop Shadow to Text in PicMonkey
First, create and position the text you want a shadow for. Then right-click (on a Mac you hold the control key while clicking) on the text box and select Duplicate Text. This creates an identical layer… same text, same size, same color.
Now you want to change the color. Depending on your image you may want to choose something really dark, like I have in the image above, to make the light font pop. Or, you can choose a color from your image as you’ll see me do in the video below.
Next, extend the 2nd text box’s size out past the side of the image. This will act like a handle for you to grab onto so you can adjust the position of the text.
Then right-click your shadow font and Send Backwards. Drag the shadow to about where you think it should be… usually barely right and below the main text.
Click off to the side somewhere to deselect so the shadow is no longer on top. Check the position of your shadow. If you need to, select the box again, clicking on that overhanging area you created, and use your keyboard’s arrow keys to reposition the shadow. Deselect again and check.
Once you have your shadow in the desired position, save the image to your computer.
PicMonkey Tutorial: Adding Drop Shadow to Text
Quick Tips for Creating Beautiful Drop Shadows
- drop shadows look best on thicker, bolder fonts
- a contrasting color or deeper color of something that already exists on the image will look best
- yes, you can use dark text with a light drop shadow