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SAMS Teach Yourself Adobe® Photoshop® CS2 in 24 Hours by Kate Binder, Carla Rose

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Creating Drop Shadows

As soon as you start looking for drop shadows, you'll find them everywhere: in magazines, television ads, Web sites, and in every other form of media you can imagine. Everyone is discovering that as soon as you put a shadow behind some text or an image, it takes on added dimension that can really make it pop forward into view. It's a nice and easy special effect for giving something more visual weight and making people pay attention. Drop shadows are a layer style rather than a filter, so you can apply them before or after you rasterize the type.

The following are some tips for effectively using drop shadows:

  • Don't use them all over the place! If you use too many shadows, everything pops forward equally, and you lose the ...

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