Photoshop: Ability to apply multiple drop shadows

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I'm wondering if it would be possible to include the ability to create multiple drop shadows without the need to rasterize the others. It's always confused me why when I create a second drop shadow with different settings it effects how the first drop shadow looks.If this isn't possible I would be interested in an explanation as to why.
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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What version of Photoshop are you using? This is already possible with the latest versions of Photoshop CC.

If you use an old version, you can use the following work around: create a drop shadow on the layer. Change the layer (with its drop shadow) to a smart object. Now you can add a drop shadow again to this smart object. You can repeat this as many times as you like by making a new smart object out of the previous one with the drop shadow.
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Also, you need to untick Global Light to create different settings of the same effect on the same object, (like drop shadow)
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Joe Hays

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I never noticed that check box. I just tried it and it worked flawlessly. Thank you!
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Rosa

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You're welcome Joe.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PHOTOSHOP - More refined drop shadowing.

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.