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    Default TIP: Shadows

    When you start making page layouts, you have to deal with shadows and to find the "good" settings. At the beggining, that isn't so easy.

    You have the option to simply forget to set shadows... but honnestly a page layout without shadows isn't a "completed" page. The shadow gives another dimension to your pages... You have this feature, so please use it!

    I recognize that it isn't always easy to set shadows... even today I'm not always sure for the proper values when I want to get a certain "effect". So in such a case, I simply print my page layout to check.

    Scrapbook MAX sets its default shadow setting which is:
    Distance: 10
    Transparency: 25
    Blur: 8
    Color: black
    It looks like that it is the default setting whatever is the page layout size.

    You must be aware that this setting won't result in the same rendering according to your page size. If you work on a large page size, these value should be increased.

    From my side, for a square page I always set the page size at 12 x 12 (300 dpi... but 200 dpi is also fine).
    The most common setting I use for the shadows is:
    Distance: 30
    Transparency: 50
    Blur: 50
    I generally use the black color (99%).

    BUT for brads and buttons I reduce these values:
    Distance: 12
    Transparency: 50
    Blur: 20

    and for stickers
    Distance: 6
    Transparency: 45
    Blur: 16

    I reduce these values because my brads, buttons or stickers "shouldn't fly" above the page...

    If I add an embie like a butterfly... I'm going to increase these values to indrease the 3D effect...
    For instance:
    Distance: 70
    Transparency: 60
    Blur: 16

    Hope this post is useful :-)

    KEEP IN MIND that shadows are personal, so you might experience by yourself the best settings



    FYI - In my templates I set all the shadows as accurately as possible.
    Last edited by KapiScrap; 04-22-2013 at 03:20 PM.

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    Very useful and helpful tip Sandrine. Many thanks. I have always struggled with shadows.

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    Great work Sandrine - thanks so much for working this out and sharing with everyone. You are totally awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carena View Post
    Great work Sandrine - thanks so much for working this out and sharing with everyone. You are totally awesome!
    TYSM! You're welcome.

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    Thank you. I played with my shadows once and the designer I was working with nearly ripped my head off. Yet I thought the shadowing I had used gave it a little more depth but I didn't go over board. I was afraid to touch me settings again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey Toes Too View Post
    Thank you. I played with my shadows once and the designer I was working with nearly ripped my head off. Yet I thought the shadowing I had used gave it a little more depth but I didn't go over board. I was afraid to touch me settings again.
    Kim, Don't hesitate to change the settings and to increase the values. You'll get more depth. Try the settings I gave here... They work for most of the situations.

    Another way to learn about shadows is to play with my sets of templates... because I always set all the shadows. Take a look at the shadows settings... you'll see that I use different settings according to the kind of objects.

    Any question???? JUST ASK ME

    Sandrine
    Last edited by KapiScrap; 04-26-2013 at 05:44 AM.

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    thank you Sandrine. I always struggle with my settings, and although I do play with them, I end up going to regular cause I forgot to "click" on global! lol.
    Somewhere in all the madness lies the beauty within

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    Scrapping should be fun - no one need to come down on you so hard. Often it's a personal choice - like and dislikes. If you go for something that looks natural then you can't go wrong. Remember mostly don't go tooo dark or strong.
    Don't let this person put you off exploring and experimenting - it's the best way to learn but also it's FUN. Hugs
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