I've been struggling with how to shadow elements in a way that makes them look realistic. I've been limping through and experimenting but still wasn't able to get the look I was hoping for. For those of you who also struggle with shadowing, this amazing tutorial by One Little Bird Digital Designs may help. Because of the tutorial I've been able to create my own actions that I can use over and over...and also gained the knowledge of how to tweak things so that I can shadow in different situations. Seriously, it's such a great and easy to follow tutorial!
Below you'll see my most recent layout (Just Jaimee's November Storyteller Collection). On the left is the unshadowed version - didn't even attempt my usual shadowing technique because I knew it wouldn't work for the amount of clustering in the layout. On the right is what I was able to come up with after the tutorial. I know I have quite a bit more to learn...but this tutorial is a fantastic jumping off point!
Hopefully with the small image below, you'll get an idea of what I'm talking about.