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Have You Tried Onion Skinned Drop Shadow Work?

It is difficult to please a client by explaining a drop shadow does not work best as a fuzzy effect. But if the brief says it is required then the editor has no other option but to do it. Sometimes money speaks more than words of explanation. But there is middle-of-the-road ways to keep creativity going for the drop shadow drama.

There is a common phrase, ‘Do you know your onions well?’ Some effects of image shsding are tricky and only professional editors can attempt them. Some effects are capable of being fit into any object beautifully. This is where the creativity of the editor helps when the brief is complex as is the requirement to please the client. This does not even need heavy-duty image manipulation either. So the depth creation can be done successfully. Animators have used onionskin tones. Now even the web based graphic designers are able to use it successfully. The CSS program has the ability to help designers to do it. Onions are referred, as pealing layers-there are layers after layer of the same skin till the core. In photo editing this easily translates to making layers to create the right effect. A pile of layers can be created to show the level of drop shadow that can be applied to an image. The trick of presenting multiple layers depends on the opacity and transparency degrees. Composite photo shadows can be made with dives. Each one has a separate shading element. The object is neatly rolled in folds. Each fold can be labeled to avoid confusion.   Each dives has one-drop shadow part the basic, middle and final one. They are rendered with patience. Editor also has to work with the edges to make them softer.

There are many editing programs that have different ways of using this technique. Often texts are used for explaining how drop shadow works. This can create an interesting visual element to the web page or the ad campaign that is being executed. Usually images are treated with it but there are times when CSS is used for the elements. At times one can also see HTML designs being done with this service. Too heavy a drop shadow will make the web page look heavier. It can be irritating to open a page slowly for the end user who may not even know the real reason for the slow speed of opening. If a website has to be made more attractive for the user, the drama of shadow should be played well. Many editors tend to ruin the treatment when they try to be too creative in their imagination to experiment. Hence the dark side of drop shadow is evident. Therefore, the use of gradients is recommended to offset the negativity.  No doubt, they create a 2-D or 3-D feel but they should be used with maturity. A client may insist on it because it is attractive. But a professional editor might like to adjust the scales to make it more viable in the final results- and that is exactly what matters eventually.

It isn’t easy to peel of the layers of the onions without the tears. And it isn’t any easier to convince the client about the darker side of drop shadow. But taking the middle road might just help in keeping the client.

About the auther 

Rokaiya is a creative graphic designer, Internet marketer, and a blogger. She joined the team of clippingpathspecialist.com is a brand of Outsource Experts Ltd on 2010 as a head of it’s marketing department, and she's been working with the tool ever since! She likes to share tips and tricks on photo editing and graphic design!

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