Shadowing 201: Customizing Shadow Styles
These directions are written with PS CS 3 and PSE 7. Some things may be slightly different with other versions of the two programs. I can not guarantee that these steps will work with other programs, but they should give you a basic idea on shadowing. *Before proceeding with this lesson, please either have a basic knowledge of adding shadow styles OR read over Shadowing 101: Adding Shadows first.
This lesson is divided into two parts; the first part covers PSE, the second part covers PS CS. Please note that they do not apply to each other due to differences in the programs.
You can get by just using the shadow style settings that are automatically on your programs pre-done shadow styles if you wish. But as you progress more into digital scrapbooking you may find that you want to change the way your shadows look on certain things. To do this you will need to go into your styles settings and you can change them to customize them to what you want for your pages. This lesson goes over how to customize those settings.
To change your style settings in PSE this is what you need to do.
Go to Layers, then down to Layer Styles, then Style Settings. A box that looks like this should pop up in your window:
Click on the box that says Drop Shadow. Once that expands you should see three sliders that say Size, Distance, and Opacity. What they do is:
And here it is changed to be lighter and smaller:
And here it is changed to be larger and darker:
In the Styles Settings you can also change the color of your shadow and what direction your shadows goes.
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To change your style settings in PS CS this is what you need to do.
Go to Layers, then Layer Style, then to Drop Shadow. It will automatically add PS CS's default shadow setting and a box will pop up that looks like this:
The first thing that I am going to tell you is to just ignore the part of the box at the bottom that says Quality - in all my years of digital scrapbooking I've never seen the need to change that.
You have four sliders this time; Opacity (which does the same as in PSE), Distance, Spread, and Size. Here is what the three last sliders do:
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