I’ve found myself talking to more and more “real life” people about the art of digital scrapbooking and most seem totally intrigued. They want to know, “Doesn’t it look flat?” The answer is simple. Digital scrapbooks do not need to look flat, shadowing really is the key to page dimension. You can have the best new digital kit out there and the coolest fonts but if you leave out the shadows, the results are never as visually pleasing. And, to help you get a look you’ll love, there are some really great shadowing styles and actions available.
Photoshop actions are a prerecorded series of steps created to lessen the amount of time it takes the user to complete a task within the program. In this case, the series of steps would be used to create a realistic looking shadow.
Page Poppers by Karah Fredricks
Spring Is in the Air by Colleen
Action: Shadow It by Wendyzine Scraps
The Littlest Hart by Fluffypuppies
Photoshop styles help you create a certain look or style with the click of a single button in the program’s digital toolbox. This style is saved as a preset for later use or installation.
Rock the Shadows by Tracie Stroud
Crafty by Carob71
Get Real Drop Shadows by Jenn Barrette
Autumn Beauty by Jenn Barrette
To finish off this post, I’d like to prove my point that digital scrapbook pages using shadow styles or actions do not end up looking dimensionless. I normally print my scrapbook pages through Persnickety Prints and took some photographs of the finished prints themselves. The images below use my own scrapbook products that can be found at Scrap Orchard.
Shadow opacity, shadow distance and shadow angle preferences vary from one scrapper to the next but once you find your favorites, it’s smooth sailing…or scrapping!