Adjusting the iPad drop shadows
Each iPad has a small drop shadow applied. You can completely customise the look of these shadows by selecting the iPad layer and double clicking where it says ‘Drop Shadow’. This will open up the ‘Layer Style’ dialog box. You can then adjust the settings to achieve your desired appearance.
To add a shadow, simply expand the ‘Shadows’ group and toggle on/off the desired shadow. To adjust the appearance of the shadows, simply expand the group of the shadow and you will see either layers Shadow 1 and/or Shadow 2. You can increase/decrease the Opacity and Fill sliders to get the look that you require.
Some of the shadows are ‘full’ shadows, meaning that they affect the whole image. Depending on what background and what your design looks like in the iPad, you may find that the shadow makes the overall image too dark. There is an ‘Optional Brightness’ layer which you can turn on if you want to brighten the image.
Our scene creator comes with 3 different paper overlays, Diagonal, Horizontal and Vertical. Each one comes with a paper texture layer that can be toggled on or off or adjusted by using the Opacity or Fill sliders. To change the colour, simply expand the group and double click the ‘Paper Overlay Colour’ layer thumbnail. This will bring up the colour dialog box where you select your colour, and then press OK to confirm changes.
To change the background, simply expand the ‘Backgrounds’ group and toggle on/off the desired background. There is also a ‘Colour’ background which can be made any colour by double clicking the layer thumbnail and choosing a colour. Toggling on/off different texture layers and adjusting the Opacity and Fill sliders can produce lots of different effects. For example if you wanted the marble texture layer to be more pink, you can make the ‘Colour’ background pink and then slightly reduce the Opacity and Fill sliders of the marble texture. Plus, you can also choose a different blending mode for the textures such a ‘Multiply’ or ‘Linear Burn’. This means that the texture will blend with whatever layer is underneath it.