Long Shadow Generator Photoshop Action (atn)

You probably know that long shadows are new design trend and they look great. Producing that kind of shadow is very time consuming, especially when you have to make them for several elements or text. That’s why I created Long Shadow Generator Photoshop Action (atn) – to save you lots of time and to help you produce very high quality, always perfect shadows!

This action works with rasterized layers, text and vectors. With several provided actions you will be able to produce variety of shadows.



1. Close Photoshop (if opened)
2. Copy “Long-shadow.atn” to C:\Users\__USER__\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Presets\Actions
or Copy “Long-shadow.atn” to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Presets\Actions
3. Restart Photoshop
4. Open your Work file and select the layer you want the long shadow
5. Go to Menu => Window -> Actions or you can press Alt + F9
6. You can see Long shadow Folder there (if not, Load Action manually)
7. Click on the Action Layer you need (There are 4 options) and click Play
8. Wait until the action complete. (It may take some time, if larger file. be patient.)
9. Customize as per your needs & Save
10. Yay! You are done.

Please Share this freebie if you like it. If you have any issues or suggestions, Please let me know in the comments.

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  • Eddie
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm 0Likes

    Just googled and here it is!… Thanks! 😉

  • Gaurav
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:59 am 0Likes

    I was going for Photoshop CC just to have long shadows. Now i don’t have to. Thanks.

  • mawo08
    Posted August 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm 0Likes

    Work’s great. Thanks.

  • Rohit Singh
    Posted October 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm 0Likes

    This is awesome 🙂 🙂

  • Jovie Brett Bardoles
    Posted October 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm 0Likes

    Is it working on Ps CC portable? I tried it but it’s not :'(

  • jk
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 6:25 am 0Likes

    Thanks dude 🙂

  • BlazeBoy
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 11:22 am 0Likes

    it takes so much time to cast the shadow, but the good thing is, you just watch it doing this

  • Nathaniel Veal
    Posted April 12, 2014 at 6:15 am 0Likes

    This is really cool. Thank you for this! Just 1 problem for me. Once I tried out all 4, the second one doesn’t seem to work. It’s the “Long shadow 45d faded”. Any suggestions?

    • web3canvas
      Posted April 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm 0Likes

      Thats Strange. Which photoshop version are you using?

      • Nathaniel Veal
        Posted April 22, 2014 at 12:12 am 0Likes


        • XssUs
          Posted July 19, 2014 at 12:02 am 0Likes

          For me (CS5) its working perfect – thx dude 🙂

  • Han hyo-jeong
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm 0Likes

    thanks! good use of it.

  • dan
    Posted January 26, 2015 at 12:54 am 0Likes

    hi, i was looking for this so thanks. Just one problem, does this support other languages? i’m currently using a japanese version, due to work, and the process just suddenly stops after creating a whole bunch of duplicated layers. any idea?

    • web3canvas
      Posted January 26, 2015 at 12:19 pm 0Likes

      Its not based on languages, but I guess because this script renames the layers. May be some conflict?

    • Igor Zykov
      Posted February 6, 2016 at 2:01 pm 0Likes

      You may need to rename your text layers, to smth in English

  • Fletcher
    Posted May 6, 2016 at 5:38 pm 0Likes

    Can you adjust the length of the shadow after the action has played?

    • web3canvas
      Posted May 9, 2016 at 9:03 am 0Likes


      There are now four options for different length. you may try that.

  • Kendra
    Posted January 24, 2018 at 5:21 pm 0Likes

    I am unable to get the action to show. It is in the correct folder and I have shut down and restarted Photoshop CC multiple times. What am I doing wrong?

    • web3canvas
      Posted January 25, 2018 at 6:39 am 0Likes

      Which PS version are you using? Please try importing action file from the right top icon on the actions panel.

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