Still running a day late but I thought I'd surprise you all by blogging on Saturday! The week has flown by and I am almost caught up with my day job, well almost!! Not only do we have the wonderful QP's today but a few tips and hints on adding drop shadows to your elements.
As I was doing the new kit and playing with the lace in the preview, I started to wonder how easy you found doing drop shadows on something as fine as lace. Its a hard one to get right, or I think so, I certainly struggle. So I thought I would run through the basics just in case it might help.
One of my CT girls, Kim has taken pity one me and done me a great kindness by made the most awesome Quick Pages using the Faded Beauty Kit for your freebie today. They are really lovely. There are two, one with the Beauty Word Art and the other without. It is so perfect with the kit...Faded Beauty. The Word Art reads "As we grow old the Beauty steals inward". How true is that!! The Word Art was made by Kim too, she is a really talented girl! Kim has done a fantastic job with these and if you check below you'll see her layout that these are based on, it's stunning! Thank you Kim for sharing! Here's Kim's layout and what a beauty it is!! A wonderful heritage one, soft and worn. I adore the way she has tucked the card behind the frame, the whole layout just works so well!! Her Word Art, as usual is brilliant and so fitting. Fantastic job Kim!!!
Here are the download links for the QP's
Thanks for letting me know there was a problem with the links I have now changed them. Sorry about that!
If you would like the Beauty Word Art separate, Kim is very kindly sharing it on her blog. So drop by and snag it and leave her some love!
Now for the drop shadows...they are always a matter of personal taste I know but they can be difficult on some layouts. Here are some tips that may help. I've tried to keep it general as I know people use so many different programs.
OK, so the important settings in adding a drop shadow and the ones that have the most impact on your result are:
1. The Distance - This setting decides how far off the page the item will appear to be sitting. The larger the distance figure is, the further from the page the item will appear. So if its a paper item you would set the distance small, if it was a flower or bow, something else that wouldn't lie flat on a surface then you need to scale up the distance figure. But beware of having it too huge or your item will appear to hover above the page!!
2. Size - The size of the shadow is what gives the shadow a that slight fuzziness...note I say a little fuzzy... not a lot!! Just a hint of a blur adds a realistic touch and takes away the hard line look, but don't overdo it or it will look like fuzz !
3. The Opacity of the shadow counts too - The theory is that the lighter the background then the lower the opacity, the darker the background (or for very small objects) then the higher the opacity.
I have to admit that personally rather than change the opacity for lighter backgrounds I prefer to change the shadow colour from black (the automatic setting) to a slightly darker shade of the background. I find that this works well. Below are two examples of the lace with drop shadows added.
The first image is way wrong!!!!!!!!! Here I have left the shadow colour on black and adjusted the size and distance, leaving the opacity on 75% (my default in CS2).....what a disaster!!!
I hope this helps show how a little change can make a big difference just a little for those who are struggling, like I do with drop shadows.
Now for today's gorgeous layouts and I was so bowled over by the ones I received. They are clever and used so much imagination. Each one an individual masterpiece!! And how is this one for an absolute stunner!! Tracy has done herself proud with this layout of her daughter eighteen years ago, as a baby. It is soft and gentle and so, so cute!!! Look at the stitches and that hanging bow...Wow!! So many lovely little details make this a beauty!
This weeks Monday Challenge using the circle paper template is still producing awesome results! Stacey sent me in her layout and what a super one it was too!! She has used the template to great effect and she is soo clever, she made the background and the rest of the layout herself using filters and effects...this is all clever stuff!! I love that border Stacey, it really finishes it off beautifully!! Tremendous job!!