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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Shadows in Google Drawings

Create a Shadow in Drawings

I was recently trying to create some buttons/icons for my Google Site, when I came across a stumbling block. How can I create a little definition for my icons with a shadow?

Here is a very simple way to add a drop shadow to a shape in Google Drawings:

  1. Create the shape and choose a fill color. 
  2. Copy the shape (Ctrl-c/Cmnd-c)
  3. Paste the shape (Ctrl-v/Cmnd-v)
  4. Change color of the pasted shape to your desired shadow color
  5. Re-order to place it behind the shape
  6. Move the shadow shape to the left/right & top/bottom of the shape to create desired shadow
  7. Add any words or illustrations that you want for your buttons
  8. Voila! You have a shadow. 

Here's an image from my site with the buttons I created using this technique in Google Drawings:


  1. Thanks for posting this! Awesome GAFE tip.

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