The newest design trend among designers all over the world, flat long shadow, used by web designers on flat designs. The flat style design means designs without textures, shadows and gradient and yet it is very effective and sharp design style.

Create a flat long shadow in Photoshop using this free Action, very easily customizable, you will be able to speed up the process of this trendy technique.



The flat design trend in on the rise, the most interesting thing that stands out is the use of long flat shadows, specifically for icons and small UI elements. This technique isn't new, it's been a widely-used resource in photography to emphasize shapes and transmit different emotions to the viewer. This trend has shadows with a characteristic 45º angle below the horizontal axis and a gradient color close to the background shade. You can use this style quite effectively with flat style designs.

Long Shadow Design Examples

Flat long shadow design is popular in mockups right now, here’s a gallery of some great examples of long shadows.





Google Fonts CSS longshade Icon


Long Shadow Generator


Long Shadows Icon and Text Generator



Flat design was created to increase simplicity and reduce file size for the mobile web and it did exactly what design is supposed to do, solve problems. Long Shadow Design is still a newcomer design trend but already a big craze both among designers and users. I hope you found this freebie useful, enjoy!

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  • Evan Jacobs
    2013-08-14 22:03:45
    It Worked Awesome. Thanks!
  • Todd Gilbert
    2013-08-14 22:04:01
    Awesome, thanks for this!
  • James Edmonds
    2013-08-14 22:04:24
    Thanks! great freebie :D
  • Martin Chaov
    2013-08-14 22:05:33
    awesome, just downloaded it & works great! love it!
  • Barry Jones
    2013-08-14 22:05:58
    This looks like an awesome action... Well done!
  • Rachael
    2013-08-14 22:06:22
    Nice job!! :)
  • Ryan Lombardo
    2013-08-14 22:07:28
    I bow to your talent! Thanks!
  • Michael W.
    2013-08-14 22:07:59
    Wow! They just simply amazing! Great job and wonderful action! Thank you so much! :)
  • Diego
    2013-08-19 12:34:47
    Hello, thanks for the action, but I have a problem. When I use it on a flat design it only duplicates the layer and creates a gradient overlay. But it stops here. Is there any need that the image must have (size, etc.)?? Thank You!
  • Diego
    2013-08-20 06:51:49
    Hello, is´t me again. It works! I was running the action over the whole image, but if I run it layer by layer I get this awesome effect! Thx!
  • 2013-09-16 08:15:51
    Awesome, Thanks for shairng
  • 2014-11-26 12:26:50
    A very helpful action...Great thanks.