So I know you are probably sick of hearing me talk about drop shadows on your layouts. This will be the third installment of Scrap Along with Sir Scrapalot that has focused on shadows, but there is still story left to tell. You might remember from my LAST POST that I had talked about Jennifer Barrette’s Get Real – Realistic Drop Shadow Styles, even though I had not tried them yet. Well Jennifer is such a great person that she gave me the Drop Shadow Styles, and I knew that I wanted to come back and share my opinions with you.
When I opened up the shadows, I was immediately impressed with the variety of styles of shadow there were. In the set there are 13 different styles, each for a different type of element. The styles are: Paper/Photo 1, Paper/Photo 2, Flower 1, Flower 2, Button/Sequins, Gem/Sequins, Stitching/Felt, Leaf/Foliage, Twisty Ribbon, String, Staple/Metal Wire, Alpha, and Stamp/Rub-on. I was assured that I would be able to find the right shadow style to go with what I would be using on the layout.
One thing I did notice as I used the shadows was that they were a little dark for my liking. That was easily taken care of by lowering the opacity of the shadow. I did like how realistic the shadows made the elements on my page appear. This is the layout I came up with:
One thing that I think particularly stands out on this page is the shadowing on the banner. I will fully admit that I did NOTHING to adjust the shadow – that is straight out of the box. I was impressed at how realistic the shadow made the banner look, so real in fact, that I wanted to reach out and touch it. To me, that is the hallmark of quality shadowing, and I was happy to see that Jennifer’s shadows allowed me to do that with just on click.
Overall I was very happy with Jennifer’s shadows, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a quick, easy way to shadow their layouts.
Again, you can pick up Jennifer’s Get Real – Realistic Drop Shadow Styles in her Sweet Shoppe Designs store. If you grab them, or use them already, come back and post a link to your layout. Thanks again to Jennifer for letting me play with them!