Controlling a Drop Shadow

You can control many aspects of a drop shadow's appearance, including its angle, its distance behind the type, and the amount of blur it contains. The angle determines where the shadow falls relative to the text, and the distance determines how far the shadow falls from the text. The spread determines the width of the shadow text, and the size determines the clarity of the shadow. Figure 10 shows samples of two different drop shadow effects. The first line of type uses the default background color (black), has an angle of 160 degrees, distance of 10 pixels, a spread of 0%, and a size of five pixels. The second line of type uses a blue background color, has an angle of 120 degrees, distance of 20 pixels, a spread of 10%, and a size of five pixels. As you modify the drop shadow, the preview window displays the changes.

FIGURE 9

Effects in type layer

Layer styles-applied

FIGURE 9

Effects in type layer

Layer styles-applied

Indicates effect(s) applied in layer

FIGURE 10

Sample drop shadows

FIGURE 10

Sample drop shadows

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