Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Tip #68. Many folks haven’t spent a lot of time looking at shadows in the real world and as a result, their drop shadows look strange. Spend a few minutes with a desk lamp and some objects, experimenting. When are the edges of the shadow sharp? When are they blurry? Shadows change size as the object moves closer to and farther away from where the shadow lands. And a shadow is only directly under an object when the light is exactly on top. Light from the left and below an object creates a shadow above and to the right. Once you understand what happens when the light and distances change, you’ll have a much easier time with the size, spread and distance options for the Drop Shadow Layer Style.

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