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Realistic Shadows

Design Realistic Shadows

Design Realistic Shadows

Easily create shadows with depth effects.

Beginner

Adding Basic Shadows

When working with Framer, adding shadows to your design elements like cards can significantly enhance their visual appeal. It's straightforward to add a basic shadow: just select your element (such as a card) and navigate to the 'shadows' property. Here, you can add a new shadow that creates a box shadow, similar to how CSS handles shadows. This feature allows you to adjust various aspects like offset and blur, tailoring the shadow to your specific needs.

Switching to Realistic Shadows

But what if you're aiming for a more realistic shadow effect? Framer offers an exciting option for this. By selecting the type property and setting it to 'realistic,' you unlock additional properties to play with: diffusion and focus. These new properties provide a more nuanced control over how your shadow looks and interacts with other elements.

Customizing Realistic Shadows

To get a better grasp of how diffusion and focus affect your design, it's best to experiment by tweaking these values. For instance, adjusting the 'y' value can alter the shadow's vertical position, while playing with the color settings helps the shadow blend seamlessly with your background. Keeping the alpha value high initially can be beneficial as it makes the effects of your adjustments more visible.

As you adjust the focus value, you'll notice how Framer creates multiple shadows and blurs them based on the properties you've set. A focus value of around 0.4 and diffusion set to 0.6 is a good starting point. These settings can be further refined by modifying other properties like the 'y' value and color, allowing for a subtle, more integrated shadow effect.

Final Touches

After these adjustments, you'll find that your design element now casts a shadow that not only looks more realistic but also harmonizes better with your overall design. This enhancement is just one of the many ways Framer enables you to increase the fidelity of your designs, offering tools that go beyond basic functionalities to add depth and realism to your projects.