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Can anyone tell me how to add a drop shadow effect in Gimp. I have seen it in a number of designs.





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Close voter(s): This is a pretty basic question about using GIMP, and GIMP is part of Ubuntu. (Even if GIMP were not in the official repositories and advertised in some versions of the installer slideshow, this would be on-topic; even third-party software is supported here. Please see the FAQ.) I can understand an argument that questions about highly sophisticated and infrequently used (thus localized) GIMP techniques might be off-topic, but this is not such a question. –  Eliah Kagan Mar 30 '13 at 17:46
@neonkid I followed the links you provided but I can't see the images of such examples. Do you mind providing a direct link to the images? (right click the image and copi image's url). Thank you. –  Geppettvs D'Constanzo Mar 30 '13 at 18:24
Thank you, now I see the pictures but I don't yet understand what is the effect that you try to emulate. Excuse my lack of understanding on your issue but if you please tell us exactly which effect do you expect to recreate we'll be able to give you the proper support. Thank you. –  Geppettvs D'Constanzo Mar 30 '13 at 18:53
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Making a drop shadow is quite simple in gimp, but is a bit tricky sometimes.

First make a selection, this will be the area where your drop-shadow will be made.

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I'm going to fill my selection with red.

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Now, go to in the menu -> Filters -> Light and Shadow -> Drop Shadow...

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That will open this dialogue:

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There are many options, X and Y change the distance from the object the shadow is left/right and up/down, the values go positive and negative. Play around with them to your liking or purpose.

The default values make a drop shadow like this:

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Maybe not exact to what you want, so playing around with the values, we can come up with something nice.

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If we want to get more advanced we can add a layer mask to the drop shadow layer and mask off only the bottom part of the shadow (or erase the rest with the eraser if you want).

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Or If you feel skilled with the paint brush you can paint a shadow from scratch as show below:

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And in mixing techniques you can come up with convincing shadows for your design:

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thanks buddy... that really helped a lot –  neonkid Mar 30 '13 at 19:19
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