Drop shadow

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope

A dark overlay that covers a section of text or a graphic that makes the object appear three-dimensional. In operating systems and software programs, drop shadows can make interface elements easier to see.

For example, a dialog box may appear in front of the other elements in a window. The drop shadow makes the box appear to "float above" the rest of the window, so it won't be confused with the contents of the window behind.

In the image below, the text "Computer Hope" has a drop shadow.

Adobe photoshop drop shadow

In the above example, we're creating a drop shadow on the "Computer Hope" layer effect in Adobe Photoshop. As can be seen in the Effects dialog box, we have different ways to adjust the appearance of the drop shadow. For example, the opacity, angle of the shadow, distance of the shadow, and how blurry the shadow appears.

Operating system terms, Shading, Shadow