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Posted on 2014-02-17
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What is the recommended way to add a left-drop shadow to a website when the shadow involves the header, navigation, body and part of the footer.  

http://nsitedesigns.com/nsitedesigns/lakeshore/index.html
http://nsitedesigns.com/nsitedesigns/lakeshore/lakeshore.css
layout-final.jpg
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by:Chris
ID: 39865060
My advice would be don't. Looks much better without the drop shadow.
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by:nsitedesigns
ID: 39865068
Client liked the "jumping off the page" aspect.  When I did it in ps, I wasn't thinking of how I was going to implement it for the web.  I have done drop shadows before but they were always on the right and I simply incorporated them in the background image.  With all these elements involved, I am not sure how to do that without flattening each item (header, main photo of man working, body copy) so that there is no "break" in the drop shadow.  I was hoping there might be a css technique that I could implement on the html.
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Gary earned 2000 total points
ID: 39865109
In your .container css add
box-shadow: -5px -5px 5px 5px #808080;

just amend the colours and widths as needed
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by:nsitedesigns
ID: 39865128
Is there a way to add opacity to this?  It does the job but is very harsh.
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by:nsitedesigns
ID: 39865207
I found something online that gave me what I was looking for.  It also included some other code that needs to be added so since this is such a new technique.  Thought I would include for my records.

.container {	
	 box-shadow: -5px -5px 20px  #1f1f1f;
}


container {
-moz-box-shadow: -5px -5px 20px #1f1f1f;
-webkit-box-shadow: -5px -5px 20px  #1f1f1f;
box-shadow: -5px -5px 20px  #1f1f1f;
}

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by:Gary
ID: 39865222
Try
-15px -15px 30px 0 #404040

Just play with the colour and the last two measurements.
Your background kinda negates the shadow effect.
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by:nsitedesigns
ID: 39865254
Nice.  I changed your color which was too gray for my tastes to #000 and it looks good.
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