Oddly enough I couldn’t figure out if the closer the object was to the bottom layer the darker or lighter the shadow. I had to get some objects (books and the like) and stack them one on the other and shine a light from the side. That way I could verify what I read about how to handle shadows on digital scrapbooking. Something close to the bottom layer that was flat, looked better with a darker, less opaque shadow. While a button or flower that I wanted ‘higher’ on the page needed a lighter, less opaque shadow. Also an addition of a Gaussian blur between 10 to 15 would help soften the look as well.
This was a good example of lighter to darker… the biggest problem with this… was it didn’t really fit in to the rest of the book. Everything else was soft, light, circular backgrounds… Here is square. While the page stands alone fine… it really didn’t fit in with the rest of the book. Live and learn. I didn’t have time to change it before the coupon ran out. Something to keep in mind for the next I do a book. Stay consistent. The book looks better and flows nicer.