A drop shadow is a visual effect consisting of a drawing element that looks like the shadow of an object, giving the impression that the object is raised above the objects behind it. In this post, Pierre Finkelstein of Pierre Finkelstein Institute of Decorative Painting shows you how he created this effect.
HOW TO CREATE THIS FINISH
Use our step-by-step instruction below
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DETERMINE A LIGHT SOURCE
STEP 1 – DETERMINE A LIGHT SOURCE: Introduce the angle of the “light source.” The drop shadow will fall on the opposite side of the letter. It is important to stay consistent with the angle of the light source.
CHOOSE A COLOR
STEP 2 – CHOOSE A COLOR: The drop shadow is usually a much darker color than the letter, in order to create a contrast. However, if the letters are dark, a lighter color can be used for contrast.
STEP 3 – DETERMINE THICKNESS: The thickness of the drop shadow depends on the artist’s desired effect. A thick drop shadow would be used to create the illusion of a very thick letter, or a light source that comes from a dramatic angle.
CREATE A POUNCE PATTERN
STEP 4 – CREATE A POUNCE PATTERN: Use a pounce pattern to create the border of the drop shadow.
PAINT THE DROP SHADOW
This is the completed drop shadow used while lettering.