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  • what side do you paint your shadows?

    Posted by rachelw on August 10, 2004 at 8:03 pm

    out of interest i just wondered if the hand you paint with effects which way you create shadows? do you prefer doing it one way or does it depend on the job?

    rachel

    signworxs replied 19 years, 9 months ago 8 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Roy Roffey

    Member
    August 10, 2004 at 8:18 pm

    hi,

    i was always taught to go down and to the left of the text / image but then again it it a personal preference

    best wishes

    roffs

  • Nicola McIntosh

    Member
    August 10, 2004 at 8:51 pm

    hi rachel!!

    i too run the shadow down to the left!! 😛
    ed sometimes does the opposite, i think as you say it depends on what job your doing & what looks right!! 😀 😀

    Nik

  • Jill Marie Welsh

    Member
    August 10, 2004 at 9:04 pm

    I always shadow to the left as well.
    But last year in Ireland I noticed that many signs are shadowed to the right!
    I was always told to shadow script on the right.
    Of course, if you have both shadowed script and straight letters
    on the same sign, be sure to shadow them all the same way!
    Love…..Jill

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    August 10, 2004 at 9:05 pm

    i dont paint, but 99% of the time drop to the left. 🙄

  • Nicola McIntosh

    Member
    August 10, 2004 at 9:07 pm

    yes your right jill!! when doing script i was always taught up light,
    down thick!! 😛 😛

    Nik

  • Alan Drury

    Member
    August 11, 2004 at 7:48 am

    I was always taught to do a right hand shade. For me it always ‘fell’ right with the brush, I don’t think there is a right or wrong just personnal preference.
    Alan

  • steve

    Member
    August 11, 2004 at 10:27 am

    Dosn’t it depend entirely on which way the sun supposedly is hitting the text? morning east- shadow right -noon cast shadow from top- and afternoon shadow left and again technically a painted letter would not cast a shadow at all because it has no thickness to speak of?

  • Jill Marie Welsh

    Member
    August 11, 2004 at 12:25 pm

    Steve, when done correctly, a painted shadow makes a painted letter look 3-D!
    Love…Jill

  • Steve Broughton

    Member
    August 11, 2004 at 1:11 pm

    At least most people get it right and do the shadow down, I’ve seen some that go up “So tell me where in the world does the sun shine upwards you MUPPET!!!” :lol1:

  • signworxs

    Member
    August 11, 2004 at 8:49 pm

    Surely the sun shines upward in Aussi steve :lol1:

    To me it depends on the font and agree with other comments that script should allways be to the right, but I do have a tendancy to go to the right anyway but I put that down to being left handed. :funky2:

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