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Customizing Drop Shadows
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Customizing Drop Shadows
Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS3 with Windows 7
One of my favorite ways to add a little dimension and put the finishing touches on my layouts is to add drop shadows. However, I remember when first starting out with digital scrapping, I was a little intimidated by drop shadows and not really sure how to use them. If you are like me (a little scared) and/or prefer to go about things the easy way, you are in luck because the Scrap Girls designers have some wonderful drop shadow products in the Boutique that make it easy for you to add them to your layouts:
What's great about these products is you can use them without any modifications and end up with a polished and realistic looking layout. Or you can easily tweak the drop shadow to make it a little more your own.
For this layout, I wanted to give a little more separation between my element and the drop shadow. I first started by adding my drop shadow style. My go-to for shadows is ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501. I use these shadows on nearly every one of my layouts. Let me show you how.
First, after running the style (and with the curser hovering over the shadow style), right-click and select "Create Layer." This will move the shadow to its own layer. Now that the element and shadow are independent of one another, we can customize the look of the shadow.
Using the Transform Tool, make the element layer just slightly smaller than the shadow layer by holding down the Shift key while bringing in the lower right side of the element layer (just a little). I think this adds more dimension to the layout.
There you go! It's as easy as that! Look to the Scrap Girls Boutique when you need some help on making perfect shadows!
Layout by Heather Messmer
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Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On February 15th, we will be doing a ScrapSimple challenge! Create a layout using at least one ScrapSimple product. If you haven't used them before, we'll have some great ideas for you in the chat. Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
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Join Carla (CRS) in the chat room at 6pm MT for this month's Hybrid Craft Chat. We will be talking about Angela Blanchard's ScrapSimple Craft Templates: Exploding Box! I'll have some tips for you and show you how easy it is to use your digital goodies along with what is already in your craft room!
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