View Full Version : Another Shadow Dilemma

05-12-2012, 11:29 PM
I went through some of the help requests and didn't see one for my problem (didn't get through all pages).
I want to create a drop shadow that is not even all over. E.g. If a paper is crumpled, some of the shadow underneath it will look deeper than others. Also, if a paper is curled, the shadow will not be the same as under the uncurled section. I have seen these drop shadows on kits before, but I want to do my own. Any suggestions? I am an intermediate level user of CS5.



05-13-2012, 12:58 PM
What you have to do first, in order to play with your shadow on an element, is separate it from the item. Click and hold the right mouse button on an item's style (fx) settings, then choose "Create Layer". Then select that shadow layer and choose "Transform--Warp"; this allows you to stretch the shadow in certain parts to make it look as though this part of the item is farther away from the paper background. After finishing the distortion of the shadow, you can use a very faint and soft eraser (about 4-7% flow) to go over the areas that you stretched out, as shadows get fainter when they fall farther away from the item.

As for your first request on changing how the shadow looks relative to the crumple of the paper, you will have to be creative in replicating the look of the paper on its shadow with the warp tool (as above). Since the shadow doesn't show that much around the edge of the item, I think it might not be worth the extra work to replicate the crumple exactly.

Here's an example:

05-13-2012, 05:04 PM
Awesome tutorial Dona!
You rock! :bow2me:

05-13-2012, 11:25 PM
Thanks Dona. Can't wait to give it a try. Hope there are other scrapaddicts that will find it useful.


05-14-2012, 02:32 AM
When I have a shadow I want to play with I put the shadow on a separate layer like Dona explained then use the warp tool on the shadow layer. You can also use the smudge tool as well