The Art of User Interface Drop Shadows

Make your UI look professional

UX Movement
3 min readNov 21, 2022

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Many elements on interfaces tend to mimic real-world objects. Drop shadows are one of them. These are helpful cues to indicate whether a window or panel is floating. Floating surfaces signify a temporary or momentary state that requires user interaction.

For users to interpret floating surfaces correctly, your shadows must look natural and realistic. There’s an art to drop shadows that most designers don’t know.

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