How to Use Inner Drop Shadows

July 25, 2020

Create a 3D effect with the use of Inner Drop Shadow Styles

One way to create extra interest on your digital scrapbook pages is to add a 3D effect. Here’s how:

Step One:

  1. Open a 12″ x 12″ background paper.
  2. In the Layers Panel create a blank layer above the background paper.
  3. Get the Elliptical Marquee Tool. On your document draw out a selection. Hold down the Shift + Alt Key to constrain your selection to a circle.
  4. Place your cursor in the middle of your circle selection on your document to move it to where you would like it to be; then press the Delete to cut a circle in your background paper.

Step Two:

  1. Repeat Step One, making the 2nd circle selection larger than the first.
  2. Your document should now look like this:

Step Three:

  1. Apply one of the Inner Drop Shadow Styles to both background papers.

Step Four:

Embellish your page as little or as much as you like. Here are 3 different variations.

Basic Embellishments
Lace added between the 2 background papers
Two lace embellishments and a 3rd background paper added

Here are a few other inspirational layouts for you.

Created by Kay, using Mothers and Daughters Kit
Circular Word Art Tutorial
Curved Border Template Tutorial
Created by Linda, using Freedom
Created by Glori
Using Mothers and Daughters Kit

I would love to see what you do with this tutorial. I invite you to join the Karen Schulz Designs Facebook Group and share!

Download a PDF of this tutorial here: How to Use Inner Drop Shadow Styles

Karen Schulz

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  1. Stephanie Barry

    Very fun shadow style! I love the effect and the ability to “tuck” things at different levels!

    • Karen

      Thanks, Stephanie! I look forward to seeing what you do with this!

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