I can spot it a mile away, and after this post, I hope you can, too. It’s the mark of an amateur who is dabbling in design. What gives them away?
They lurk in the (drop) shadows.
Drop That Shadow, and Take Your Hands Off That Mouse!
Drop shadows are one of those graphic “tricks” that people are drawn to like moths to a light bulb. The downside of drop shadows is that they give type or objects a fuzzy edge, and they make text very hard to read. There are a few very limited times when drop shadows can be useful, however.
It’s much easier to show you, so watch this quick video: