Sunday, January 19, 2014

Quick Tip: Drop Shadow vs Inner Shadow

Hi friends...

Can't decide if you want to frame that photo or mat it? Here's a quick shadow tip to help speed up your layout designs. If you have a photo on top of a paper mat and want to make it a frame instead, just use the inner shadow style on your photo. How easy is that?

Instead of opening a frame mask/shape and clipping the paper to it, you can simply change the shadow style on your photo image. In this example, we have a simple rectangle paper mat with a photo above it.

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The left has a basic drop shadow and the right a simple inner shadow. No other effects applied. See how easily you can make a frame out of that paper mat and speed up your layout design?

You can do it with shapes too! How awesome is that?

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Hope this quick shadow tip helps you out and speeds up your layout designs! Happy digital scrapbooking!

♥ Mandy


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