Creating a drop shadow effect
Creating a drop shadow effect behind a motif/shape in the background of a design
- Start with a mask of the motif that you want to place the drop shadow effect behind.
- Set up design so that any filter applied will work across the repeat joins (view one repeat, select all and save selection, view 2 repeats and drag saved selection back in over joins)
- Select and snap to your mask shape, saving the selection into the selections palette
- Grow selection by 20 pixels and save into selections palette
- Fill grown selection with solid colour
- Use the Filter browser to add a large gaussian blur (about 20)
- Restore the original mask shape selection and delete this area from your new blush layer.
- Work into the drop shadow effect with a soft transparent brush to even out the tones – or you could offset the drop shadow effect slightly by snap selecting it and then moving its position so it doesn’t appear too ‘uniform’.