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

    Just googled and here it is!… Thanks! 😉

  • Gaurav

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

  • mawo08

    Work’s great. Thanks.

  • Rohit Singh

    This is awesome 🙂 🙂

  • Jovie Brett Bardoles

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

  • jk

    Thanks dude 🙂

  • BlazeBoy

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

  • Nathaniel Veal

    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?

    • Thats Strange. Which photoshop version are you using?

      • Nathaniel Veal


        • XssUs

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

  • Han hyo-jeong

    thanks! good use of it.

  • dan

    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?

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

    • Igor Zykov

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

  • Fletcher

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

    • Hello,

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