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Android 3.0 Animations by Alex Shaw

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Showing depth with 3D effects

Depth effects are things that you can apply to any interface to make it seem more like the thing you are doing is an analogy of a real-life situation. Usually, they are simple techniques that do not require any in-depth understanding. Here, we'll take a look at three examples of 3D depth effects: raising an element, using drop shadows, and putting interesting elements in focus.

Depth effects are usually based around an interface with a fairly flat metaphor. Using the previous image as an example, the widgets in your interface are lying flat on the table. If an object contains some interesting information, the user will want to bring the object closer to their eye. Also, bringing an object closer will reinforce the ...

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