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Add Perspective With Cast Shadows
Cast shadows add interest and dimension while anchoring an object to a surface.

Cast shadows add interest and dimension while anchoring an object to a surface.

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Like drop shadows, cast or perspective shadows add interest to elements on the page. They work to anchor elements on the page, tie components of a composition together, and add a touch of realism -- even when used with unrealistic objects and clip art.

Cast shadows form when an object blocks a light source. The shape of the object is projected in shadow form across surfaces opposite the source of the light. Generally more complex to create than drop shadows, cast shadows are still a relatively simple way to enhance text and graphics in page layouts and give a three-dimensional appearance to a flat piece of paper.

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