This blog post is one out of several blog posts on improving your user interface sketching techniques. You might want to be interested in reading the first post: Drawing corners.

Remember the photoshop technique that first was loved then later became an effect, and after that suffered being way to overused in the corniest designs ever? I’m talking about “drop shadow”. Using it for sketching paper mockups of your user interface will help you distinguish graphical elements from text, alternating backgrounds, and borders.

Drop Shadow

This technique will help your user interface draw attention to specific parts of your design. Most often these are graphical elements such as photos or other varying graphical elements that will rarely be seen as a seamless part of the user interface.

Anders Toxboe Author

As the head of Bonnier Publication’s Interactive department in Copenhagen, Denmark, Anders Toxboe builds awesome websites with his team. He also founded and a series of other projects.


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    nicolas on Feb 24, 2009

    very useful

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    Anand on Apr 21, 2009

    Good tip. I’m going to use this.

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