How to Create a Drop Shadow in Canva
Written by Casey Botticello
A drop shadow is graphics effect that makes elements look more three-dimensional and “pop out” of the picture. Using an image editor, a duplicate of the text is made, changed to black or gray and then passed through the filter. The blurred result is aligned under the original text to create the effect.
Paying attention to the interplay of light and shadow in real life can give us some great inspiration for making our designs look more life-like. Unless you happen to have a 3D printer in your basement, most of us only have the ability to design in two dimensions. But we’re all used to seeing things in three dimensions, and sometimes that creates a visual disconnect between what we’re used to seeing in everyday life and what we see on paper or on screen. Adding elements of light and shadow into your designs can help bridge that gap, giving your 2D designs a more realistic, almost 3D appearance.
Steps to Create a Drop Shadow in Canva
Note: This method works best when you are trying to add a drop shadow to an image that is one of the standard Canva types of shapes (square, rectangle, circle, pentagon, triangle, etc.).
For the purposes of this Canva tutorial, we will be recreating the image seen above. Although this drop shadow is for a circular shape, the steps can be applied to any shape in Canva.
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