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Me and My Shadow
Beyond the Basics with Photoshop Drop Shadows

Are you continually on the lookout for tips and techniques to help you create super-realistic digital pages? You’ve seen them in the galleries – the pages that have the look and feel of paper layouts – the ones that look as though you could reach out and touch every little detail. It almost always comes down to one thing: shadowing.

Drop shadowing is one of the most talked about topics in the digital scrapbooking community. As a digital product designer and scrapbooker, Peppermint Granberg has been asked to share her “drop shadowing secret” over and over again, but her answer is always this: there is no one secret to drop shadowing. Instead, it’s a combination of tools and settings that are available in Photoshop; you simply have to become comfortable enough with them to release their potential.

You will walk away from this experience with a better understanding of what Photoshop is capable of, and a newfound level of comfort with tools and settings that you may have never experimented with in the past. All of which will help you move past the static, perfectly symmetric shadows created with the default settings and enter the realm of perfectly imperfect, totally realistic looking shadows.

Peppermint currently offers a free tutorial on her blog demonstrating the basics of Drop Shadows. “Me and My Shadow” takes her teachings to the next level, providing video demonstrations of her famous techniques!

Listen to Peppermint's introduction of Me and My Shadow:

Peppermint's class includes:

  • Welcome letter from Peppermint in the classroom
  • Supply list with live links to product resources
  • Step-by-step video tutorials with step-by-step instructions for each lesson
  • Colorful instructional handouts that include quick reference information from each lesson
  • Private posting gallery to share your work and view the work of your classmates
  • Email access to Peppermint
  • Message board to share your thoughts with your classmates

NOTE: This class was created using the full version of Photoshop. If you are an Elements user, there are some tools and functions that you are missing for parts of this class, though much of it does work in Elements.

Taught by: Peppermint Granberg
Price: $10
Class Duration: Instant Download
Open Registration:
Class Pre-work:

Students should have at least an intermediate level of knowledge and comfort with Adobe Photoshop CS and the location of basic tools and settings.

Additional Items Needed: Adobe Photoshop CS or higher

Important information about Self-Paced Projects at Big Picture Classes!
Self-Paced Projects are instant download classes that allow you to participate at BPC anytime! These classes are different from our interactive workshops. There are no starting or ending dates -- you may enroll at any time. This flexibility also means, that there will not be the level of teacher and student interaction that we enjoy in our workshops. You will receive handouts to print and an audio file to listen to, but there are typically no message boards or chats.

Even though these classes offer less interaction, you are not alone! If you need help, email us at admin@bigpictureclasses.com. Enjoy!


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