Shadowing Acrylic – The Easy Way!

Hi scrappers! How are you doing? This is Jenn, jk703 stopping in to show you a fun technique! I’ve been scrapping for over 5 years now, and I seem to learn new things all the time. I love sharing things that I think really can make your layout shine, as well as being super easy! So, let’s get to it!

Today, I’m using Renne’s Chin Up kit for my example images. It’s a fun, bright and very flexible kit – as you can see, I used it for sports pictures! My font is Special Elite. Here is my layout so far:

I’ve left the acrylic yellow “Bright Spot” label un-shadowed for now. It’s hard to see, but on the parts that overlap the yellow is where you will see the differences best. I will also show this same method on the word strip too! I learned this tip from a fellow scrapper at TLP – Melanie – in the Memory Pockets Monthly group! (Thanks, Melanie!)

So, here is the tag, up close:

Now, next I will add my shadowing like normal. My shadows are down and to the left, but then I have a slight shadow that is seen on the opposite side. I call it my Small Shadow with an Opposite Edge, lol! A bit of a long title, but since I’ve saved them all, it’s just a click and go.

Once added, the acrylic gets darker from the shadow. See how the overlapping acrylic on the trees in the photo are all dark, but above you can see the bright spots. The shadows take away that transparency that acrylic (and vellum) provide. We are going to make that “darkness” disappear
Just in case you wanted to see my shadow settings – here they are:

Regular Drop Shadow:

Opposite Side Shadow:

In your Layers Palette, locate the layer you are working with – for me – the acrylic tag. You will right click on the layer, and choose Create Layers. It is 3rd from the bottom. This will separate the shadow layers from the actual tag – and create actual layers beneath it for you to customize.

After Creating Layers, you can see my shadows on the next two layers:

With your Move Tool selected, make sure that your original layer is selected – for me, the acrylic tag, as you see above. You will Command (PC = Alt Key) and click on the actual image. This will give you marching ants.

Here is the trickiest part – and you might not see that actual difference this makes until you are done and compare the before and after. I didn’t get it at first, and took a few tries before I could actually see what Melanie had taught me.

With the marching ants still marching, choose the first layer of shadowing in the Layers Palette. You may only have one or you may have 2 or more – depending on your shadowing techniques. You will complete this step for every shadow layer that you have.

Now, press delete. Yes, delete. Then move on to your next shadow layer and repeat.

Here is what my layers look like after deleting. You can see a heck of a lot of shadow was removed!

Here is what my acrylic tag looks like now. Do you see the sunshine-y spots trying to poke through? Yes… not brightly as the first image, but I do see them… yet my tag still has a great shadow.

Here is the original shadowed image and the last side by side. See how the yellow that overlaps yellow is brighter, and the sun spots show through a little. That was the aim of removing the shadows that fall under the acrylic tag itself… but not the surrounding outer areas.

One more example for you, with one of the word strips from Chin Up.



and Revised Acrylic/Vellum Shadowing:

You can really see how the darkness is removed and the writing is so much easier to read… and retains that see-through look like acrylic and vellum do when scrapping in real life!

Here is my final layout:

Hoping this was super easy, and you get to try it out soon! Thanks for stopping by and visiting!

Happy Scrapping and to learning new techniques!
Jenn Marione | jk703


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