Scrap Play Series: Shadow on a Different Layer Tutorial

A shadow is the difference between a page looking like a magazine layout or one having more dimension and layers when it’s printed, or viewed on screen. The question of shadows is almost always a very subjective one, so your idea of whether to shadow or not, how and where…and everyone else’s will always vary. That’s okay, it should be – this is your creative design. We will be sharing a series of tutorials on how to enhance your digital pages with small details that can help the novice or intermediate scrapper step up their digital creativity.

How do you achieve the look realism of shadows as they fall under items on your page? Rachel has created this easy to follow tutorial with Part 1 – Scrap Play: Shadow on a Different Layer. This will show you how to create a shadow on it’s own layer, including some tips for programs without layer styles.

Creating a shadow layer on it’s own layer has many uses, but you have to start with this set up in many programs unless yours provides a one-click option for that trick. Practice makes perfect with this next step of customizing your shadows, so test this one out a few times to sure you are ready for the other tutorials we will be sharing in this series.

Side note: One of my favorite parts of this video happens about 3:00 minutes in – sweet John is back and he is cheering on Mom ♥

We will try to answer any questions that may come up for you as you may have them. There is always someone on the Etc team that has working knowledge in most editing programs. Just leave us a comment here and we will get back with you.

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4 thoughts on “Scrap Play Series: Shadow on a Different Layer Tutorial

  1. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I have PSE 11 and I have layer styles but I can’t figure out how to put the shadow on it’s own layer. When I apply a style to a layer, I don’t get the option to right click on effects the way the video shows. I wound up using the second method and that worked for me. Looking forward to the next tutorial.

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