Blog Enhancements - Adding Drop Shadow to Images

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cat in a shopping bagHaving an image in your blog post makes it interesting for the reader. Of course having valuable text content is the first priority! However the synergy of the text and the graphics that you use is not to be overlooked for the ingredients of an A+ post.

Oftentimes, bloggers will size an image so that it is not too wide and this allows you to have the text alongside the photo. That is what I am doing here with the photo of my cat Buddy. He’s having a great time hiding in a shopping bag over there.

Do you see something different about the photo though? Look around the edges. It has the appearance as if it is floating a little above the page. The drop shadow effect is what makes this possible.

The drop shadow is an optional thing that you can do if you choose with your blog images. If you want to give it try it takes just a few extra minutes.

Here’s one way that you can do it.

Go to the iPiccy.com website and upload your photo. First, resize your photo so that it is blog optimized size. (see this post for more info on resizing images). Next, click on the “Frames” tab near the top of the iPiccy editing area. On the left sidebar, scroll down until you see drop shadow.

adding drop shadow in ipiccy

You’ll notice that you have a few different sliders in the drop shadow panel that you can fine tune how you want the shadow to appear. “Distance” will move the shadow farther away. “Size” will control how big the shadow is. “Angle” controls which direction. “Fade” gives it a more feathered or hard look to your choosing. The key tip I can offer is not to exaggerate the effect. It should be subtle if you use it. It is just a little something to add a pop but not to become the main focus.

saving the file from ipiccyFinally, save your image from the web down to your local drive and then you will be able to upload it into your blog post.

 

Originally posted at Craig's Classroom Tech Blog

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Praful Thakkar
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Craig, another great tip! In fact, iPiccy has been a great tool for us. Never used drop-shadow, will use it now because now I know about it!

Jul 15, 2014 01:11 PM #45
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this is cool! thanks for sharing!  Now I can make my blog photos POP!!!  Have a great day!

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Thank you for sharing this and making it easy to understand.  Great information that can be used.

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Very neat how you did that with the photo.  Thanks for sharing this tip.  

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Craig, thanks for pointing this feature out to me. I've been using Photoshop to add drop shadows to photos but this makes it alot easier.

Jul 15, 2014 11:56 PM #49
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Very Nice! Thanks for the shadow tips. I love Buddy the cat too. I'm going to follow you because I love techy stuff like you share with us. Thanks!!!!!

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Great tip, Craig! If anyone uses another image editor such as PicMonkey, Picasa, Aviary or Ribbet, those programs should also offer the drop shadow feature.

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As a 'tech trainer' in our Keller Williams office, Craig, I value the ease of this picture editor.  Thank you for taking the time to share with us how to keep in interesting on-line!

- David

Jul 16, 2014 02:37 AM #52
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I LOVE drop shadow and use it a lot.  It's one of my favorite editing tools.

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How valuable of a post, knowing Rene' would be familiar with something like this....he is so ahead of the curve on this type of technology. Thank you for sharing with us. Endre

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GREAT INFO! Thanks for sharing. I just added it to my faves.

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That is a much better looking photo Craig, wish it were something that could be done locally.

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Craig,

Your posts are always great information and always different.  You have such an amazing teaching style.  Thank you again and again!

DeeDee

 

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I love this tip... I'll be using it soon... thanks for sharing it with us Craig..

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Ok, this is one I hadn't thought of before. I use Ribbet and will definitely try this (and other framing/shadowing methods) for post uploads. Thanks, Craig!

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good one Craig.  I always create picture collages for my blog at 680 x 150 in Picasa but noticed the slow load times.  when I upload these collages to Ipiccy I noticed how large they were so I guess even though I adjusted the collage size I will still need to reduce the overall image size. Thanks for the reminder. I hate slow load times

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Jeremy Joslin - glad to hear you are leveraging picasa! :)
use the export tool in picasa to create a targeted width for the web upload version. You can type in the 680 in the output size. That works very nicely. 

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That was nice n easy. Thanks

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Craig, Awesome tip. I am sure going to put that program to use. 

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Craig - Just another excellent post about how to enhance your very own blog posts. Thanks for sharing.

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