How To Make Dropshadows?

Felasco

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Hi all,

Could you please offer your advice on what inexpensive (under $100) or free Mac image editing apps can do dropshadows?

I used Photoshop on OS 9 for years, but this eventually required firing up an old iMac just to do a dropshadow, so I gave that up.

Many thanks for any suggestions!
 

firedept

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Spend the money on Pixelmator if you need it for more than once or twice over the next few days. Pretty good program for $30.
 

Felasco

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Hi guys,

Many thanks for your suggestions, appreciate it.

Oops, my bad, I should have specified that I need something that will work on SnowLeopard. I was going to jump on Pixelmator, but it requires Mavericks according to the site, and um, I ain't a gonna be goin there... :)
 

CrickettGrrrl

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Hi guys,

Many thanks for your suggestions, appreciate it.

Oops, my bad, I should have specified that I need something that will work on SnowLeopard. I was going to jump on Pixelmator, but it requires Mavericks according to the site, and um, I ain't a gonna be goin there... :)
Yep, Pixelmator is always moving forward -which was the reason I updated to Mountain Lion & then Mavericks. But anyway, you're in luck. There ARE earlier Acorn versions available for previous OS X's. Scroll all the way toward the bottom of the page: http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/
 

Felasco

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Ok, I've got Acorn. It does look like a pretty useful program, most likely worth the modest price. I'm pretty sure I'll wind up buying it.

I'm sorry to report that making drop shadows is about 10 times more work in Acorn than using Photoshop in System 9 (pre-OSX), a twenty year old program. Hmm, maybe I don't really need drop shadows so much...
 

CrickettGrrrl

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Ok, I've got Acorn. It does look like a pretty useful program, most likely worth the modest price. I'm pretty sure I'll wind up buying it.

I'm sorry to report that making drop shadows is about 10 times more work in Acorn than using Photoshop in System 9 (pre-OSX), a twenty year old program. Hmm, maybe I don't really need drop shadows so much...
There's a box in which you check Layer Shadows, and then you tweak the offset and size & opacity. I used an older version of Adobe Creative Suite, but Acorn doesn't seem any more time consuming ---just different interface. Perhaps it's unfamiliarity with the GUI?
 

Felasco

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Perhaps it's unfamiliarity with the GUI?
Yea, I think that's it. Thanks to your post I dug deeper in to the manual (which looks pretty great) and discovered some other ways to drop shadow that should be pretty easy once I've done them a few more times.

Thanks again for solving my question. On top of being able to drop shadow, Acorn looks like it will be a useful addition to my image toolbox in other areas as well.

Once Mavericks gets to version 9.34 :) I'll give your other suggestions a try.
 

CrickettGrrrl

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Yea, I think that's it. Thanks to your post I dug deeper in to the manual (which looks pretty great) and discovered some other ways to drop shadow that should be pretty easy once I've done them a few more times.

Thanks again for solving my question. On top of being able to drop shadow, Acorn looks like it will be a useful addition to my image toolbox in other areas as well.

Once Mavericks gets to version 9.34 :) I'll give your other suggestions a try.
I'm glad it's working out for you. I bought Acorn a week ago after having read a lot of good stuff about it on these forums for a few years, so i can't say I'm very proficient with it yet, myself. I was happy to see that the Dev's website has a lot of helpful tutorials and a community forum too. All good stuff and encouraging for future development.
 

firedept

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Hi all,

Could you please offer your advice on what inexpensive (under $100) or free Mac image editing apps can do dropshadows?

I used Photoshop on OS 9 for years, but this eventually required firing up an old iMac just to do a dropshadow, so I gave that up.

Many thanks for any suggestions!
Pixelmator on sale for $15 over the next week. Good chance to grab it for cheap.