Shadowing Tutorial | Rocking the Outer Edges

Hi Everyone! This is Jenn, jk703, here visiting with you to share one of my own shadowing techniques. Here is the page that I am going to use for example images. I’ve used Renne’s gorgeous August BYOC goodies – Night Lights Pretties and Night Lights Papers.


When I started scrapping, I was coming from a paper card making and scrapping background. Making a page and adding shadows were a huge focus when I was a beginner digital scrapper. Many digital scrappers seem to have the same focus. I didn’t want things to float on my page, or even the shadows to be too dark and unrealistic. I was also looking at shadows and how things actually “lay” on my screen as if they are on paper.

One thing to remember – shadows are a personal preference. We all scrap and should love our pages. What I do or how I shadow is not the right way, it is just simply my way. We all have different likes and dislikes. You might try this technique, and hate it. That’s ok. Giving it a try is a way to figure out your own personal preferences!

If you look at the layout above, the photo doesn’t totally lay flat. It has a shadow on the left and to the bottom, but it also has a slight shadow that goes to the top and the right. When I paper scrapped, a paper didn’t just sit flat, it had a slight depth on every side. So, I was determined to try to have my digital pages also have this same realistic shadowing. Here is my Layers Pallette below. One item to notice is that the flower’s shadow has two effects listed – Drop Shadow and Outer Glow.

Here is an up close view of the flower:

Here are the shadow settings up close:

Drop Shadow – Linear Burn, Opacity 33%, an angle of 45*, with a distance of 36 and a size of 35.

Outer Glow – Also a Linear Burn, 25% Opacity, a Softer Technique and a size of 38. This adds a slight shadow to the other side of the Drop Shadow. It does also add a little to the Drop Shadow but, my point is to add it to the opposite side.


Another example of adding the opposite shadow would be to the photo. Even with the white outer edge, you can see the photo doesn’t sit flush with the background paper. There is a slight grey edge on the top and right of the photo. This is the Outer Glow.

My photo has a Drop Shadow that uses the Linear Burn, 67% Opacity, a 45* angle, a distance of 13, and a size of 24.
The Outer Glow is set to Linear Light, Opacity 17%, a softer technique, and a size of 10. Try out different blend modes to see which one will work with your layout and works with your preferences.


Again, this is my preference. Each page I make could have different shadow settings, each one might get a little change or it might be the same. I just know that I like to make them look like  my paper scrapbooks. When my kids open the albums up, and try to “pet” the pages, I know at least I have them fooled! LOL!

Here is my final layout again using the Night Lights Pretties and Night Lights Papers.

Have fun scrapping, and thank for visiting!
Jenn (jk703)

what joy will you create today?

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