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Drop Shadows

Is there any single image technique more ubiquitous than the drop shadow? Every catalog and ad seems to require at least one (and often many) of the little beasts. Because earlier versions of Photoshop offered no simple, built-in method for building drop shadows, everyone developed their own special techniques, some of which used dozens of steps to achieve the effect. Fortunately, Photoshop now has simplified the process significantly with the new Layer Effects feature. (While David rejoiced upon seeing this feature, Bruce, a latter-day John Henry, still does drop shadows the hard way, mostly because he refuses to admit that an automatic routine could do as good a job.)


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