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Lesson 3. Working with Layers > Adding Texture and a Drop Shadow

Adding Texture and a Drop Shadow

To make the stick more realistic, you will add a wood texture. Textures are grayscale images that simulate a surface blended with the fill of the object. Adding a texture changes the intensity of the fill of an object. A texture of zero percent has no effect on the image. Increasing the texture value intensifies the effect on the fill. Textures can be applied to patterns, solids, gradient fills, and even strokes.

1.
Select the stick and then select Wood from the Texture pop-up menu in the Property inspector.

A sample of the texture is displayed in the menu.

2.
Drag the amount slider to change the intensity of the texture.

For this example, try 50 percent.

Tip

Every fill has a texture applied to it. When the texture amount is set to zero percent, the texture is not visible.

3.
Add a drop shadow to the stick.

In Lesson 2, you added a bevel to the candy. You add a drop shadow in the same way. Click the Add Filters button in the Property inspector. Choose Shadow and Glow > Drop Shadow from the list. Adjust the settings to your liking.


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