Hi Fran, FranB Designs, here! I’m one of the Designers of the LAD: Winter Whites. I created several frosted glass elements that have already been handed out in the daily prizes, including: an arrow, castle & snowflake. Today there’s a frosted glass tree. I’ve done a quick little tutorial on one way to shadow translucent (glass) elements to help them stand out.
- Place your glass element in desired location & duplicate it.
- Add your drop shadow to one of the layers.
- Rasterize the shadowed layer; then
- Select the element on the non-shadowed layer.
- either by control-click on the thumbnail; or
- by using the magic wand outside the element; and then
- inversing the marching ants.
- Since the object is transparent, the control-click may not capture the full elements.
- Go back to the layer that is shadowed; and
- Hit your delete key
- this will create a shadow without elements on the layer,
- whilte the element stays on the copy layer
- Merge your two layers
Now you have a shadow around your element, but not behind your element. You can now see the “Glass” transparency without it turning dark from the shadow.
The top image is adding a drop shadow. The bottom image is our outside only shadow. You can really see the difference with the white background.