Motion 5 - Using the Drop Shadow Tool

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Using the Drop Shadow Tool

The Drop Shadow tool activates onscreen handles that can be used to change the blur,
angle, and distance of a layer’s drop shadow.

Default drop shadow (before adjusting
with the Drop Shadow tool)

After adjusting blur, angle, and distance

To adjust the drop shadow of a layer in the Canvas


Choose the Drop Shadow tool from the 2D tools pop-up menu in the toolbar.


In the Canvas, drag a corner handle to adjust the blur of the drop shadow.

Drag in the shadow’s bounding box to adjust the distance and angle of the drop shadow.

For more information on working with drop shadows, see

Drop Shadows