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The basic drop-shadow
by selecting the object to be shadowed, in this case,
a phrase set in type.
the selection. The next step is to feather the selection,
blurring it at the edges. In Photoshop, this is done by
selecting Select>Feather, and entering a feather amount
in pixels in the dialog box that appears.
Keep in mind that the amount of feather is directly related
to the overall resolution of your file. This means that
a 15 pixel feather on a 72dpi file will be very obvious,
while the same 15 pixels on a 300 dpi file will be negligible.
- At this point you need to create
a place apart from the type to create the shadow. This
can be done in two ways: 1- If your application supports
layers, create a second layer and move it below the type
layer. 2- If you can't create separate layers, Cut the type
image to another file or the clipboard, to be pasted back
over the shadow at a later time.
- With the feathered selection still active,
fill with a dark color
to create the effect. Don't jump to choose black as
a color though, try a dark version of a blue or brown. By
adding just a hint of color to the shadow, you can create
a more convincing effect. Try to select a color that is
the opposite of the image being shadowed; a cool shadow
with blues or purples usually works well against a warm
object. Conversely, a cool object looks good with a warm
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Created: Sep. 17, 1998
Revised: Sep. 17, 1998