PHOTOSHOP - More refined drop shadowing

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I love the drop shadow FX but I think there's scope for more refinement within the settings. 
Shadows get darker sometimes the closer they are to the object. I generally have to create a secondary shadow manually to darken nearer the object. A second set of shadow sliders with blur and colour control would be great to achieve this.
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Cristen Gillespie

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Are you using Photoshop CC 2015? Because we've had the ability to add two separate drop shadows for some time now, even using two different colors. Before that, while I was stuck with the same color, the Spread slider worked with the Size slider to allow me to have a darker shadow close to the object, while Size softened and lightened beyond that.
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That's my problem unfortunately, I use CS6 at my place of work so I never had the pleasure of using multiple layer styles. Good to know it's there in the new version though.
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Sorry about that. Are you duplicating the object and modifying the 2nd drop shadow's size, color and blend mode? Tedious, I know, but it's better than nothing if the Spread and Size sliders aren't doing the trick. I do sometimes hand paint shadows that aren't drop shadows, but I try to avoid handwork on drop shadows.
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Yes I do that sometimes but more often than not I use my Wacom tablet to brush in the extra shadowing on a multiply layer. I split the blend sliders to bring some texture through the shadowing when needed, good for realism.