Tip of the Week Question
Week of May 14, 2007
by Linda Sattgast
Tip of the Week Question:
"When I put a shadow around a piece of torn paper on one
layer, it appeared around one of my other pieces of paper also.
I can't figure out why."
Two possibilities to this dilemma come to mind. First, it's possible
that this person accidentally created both pieces of paper on one
Here's another idea, though, that isn't as evident at first glance.
It's possible that the piece of torn paper is larger than the document
itself, or at least that you've moved it so that it extends beyond
the boundaries of the document.
When you cut away part of the paper to make a torn edge and then
add a drop shadow, you'll see a shadow along the edge of your document
in the area you cut away. It may look like it's coming from another
layer, but it's actually coming from the part of the paper on the
same layer that is outside the document. Here's
how to fix it:
Press Cmd + A to put a selection around your entire document.
Choose "Image > Crop" from the Menu Bar.
Deselect (Cmd + D).
If my theory is correct, your shadow should disappear because
cropping the image in this way gets rid of everything outside the
boundaries of your document.
By the way, if you suspect that there's something hanging outside
the edge of your document, choose "Image > Reveal All" in
Adobe Photoshop or "Image > Resize > Reveal All" in
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