You can find a wonderful article on realistic
drop shadows on the
Digital Scrapbook Place web site. To make a digital layout made
in a computer have a realistic look it is important to read and
understand the concept of applying drop shadows. This is a very
quick tutorial to show you how to adjust drop shadows in Digital
Image Pro. The screen shots are made in DIP 10.
Complete you layout. The example I have does not
have any drop shadows applied to it yet. You will notice it has
a slightly flat look. Although some of the elements I have made
have a slight drop shadow already on them.
Click on the layer you will be applying the drop
shadow to. I will first apply a slight drop shadow to the ribbon
on the right side of my layout, I click on that layer in the stack,
you will see it will turn a light blue color. .Then click on Effects
Then select soft drop shadow right.
You will notice that a new drop shadow box appears
on the ribbon. You can adjust this shadow by clicking on the and
moving it. You can change the color, rotate it, to make it more
realistic. Once you like the effect, click on done. Be careful,
once you click on done, you cannot change it. (but you can always
use the undo if you are not pleased with the result).
I will apply a shadow to the tag, select this tag
from the stack. Follow the same instructions from above.
You can see the drop shadow is slightly to big for
a realistic look. Grab the handles and drag a move the shadow to
where you would like it.
You can see I have moved the shadow closer to the
tag. Click on done when you are finished.
Add shadows to the rest of the layout and you are
Have fun and please post your layouts in the Digital
Scrapbook Place Gallery.