Natural Shadows

Norr Film

My pal Vanessa sent me a link to Norr Film (historical feature filmmakers). She thought that I might like the look of their site. She was right! It's a standard Squarespace site so it's simple and clean, and me likey lots. It looks fairly new cuz there's not a lot of content yet, but what makes the site really shine for me are the collages. This one is a historical biopic about the Brontë sisters.


Also, Vanessa had a question about the drop shadows and how they might have been accomplished. In other words, were the drop shadows Photoshopped or photographed? I vote the latter. There is a way to create realistic drop shadows by way of warping them, but I think the one in this example wasn't manufactured, and that the items with prominent shadows were photographed with the backgrounds removed either with the erase tool or via layer masks. But then again, I wouldn't be surprised if these shadows were in fact created in Photoshop!

Here are a couple of related tutorials to check out: Drop shadows + Layer masks.

Layout Engine

or... linear vs. non-linear blog layouts. This video is a comparison between linear (posts initially published to a WordPress blog) and non-linear blog post layouts (after a migration to Squarespace and manually edited with the Layout Engine). I also discuss why I've minimized my use of Photoshop. Some links from the screencast: 

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