Shadow Usage in Web Design

When designing a website you can use several effects to drive attention to an element, emphasize something or simply to give your page an unique and personal touch. From underlines to color schemes, bold texts, shadows, borders and an enormous number of effects, there is an effect for every taste and functionality. Shadows are good […]

When designing a website you can use several effects to drive attention to an element, emphasize something or simply to give your page an unique and personal touch. From underlines to color schemes, bold texts, shadows, borders and an enormous number of effects, there is an effect for every taste and functionality. Shadows are good to emphasize texts, links and also to give that special ‘detail driven’ touch to an image.

Here we will show you 25 good examples of shadow usage in web design, so enjoy it and give shadows a chance on your next design. ;)

Information Highwayman

Beautiful and subtle shadow effect when we hover the menus.

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Photosheep.me

Subtle shadow at the main image, the sheep.

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Campaign Monitor

Beautiful shadow/reflection under the image.

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Andrew McClintock

Super elegant and beautiful shadow under the main icons.

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Allison House

Header and menus uses typography with text shadows.

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Alfred

Another good example of subtle shadow under the main icon.

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cornerd

All characters have shadows, nice example of attention to details.

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Cuban Council

Beautiful and subtle shadows on menu texts.

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Cappen

Also a good example of character shadow, super discrete and beautiful.

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Woodinville Whiskey Co

Elegant shadows under main images.

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Dark Sky

Super discrete and beautiful text shadow on header.

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Night Owl Interactive

Another good example of subtle shadow under images.

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Scoutmob

Header text and all text boxes have shadows, beautiful result.

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Margaret Durante

Menus and some texts have beautiful shadows.

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Kelli Anderson

Beautiful header shadow that gets even stronger when you hover it.

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Robedwards

Nice text shadows that vary from one type to another.

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witflow

Subtle shadow at the main image and also some text boxes that feel like shadows.

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Threadbird

Typography and icons with subtle and beautiful shadow effect.

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Cure Org

Header with beautiful white shadows around menus.

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AdPacks

Elegant white shadows on typography and nice shadow effect at the main image.

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Galpin Industries

Another good example of typography shadow effects.

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Lost World’s Fairs

Discrete text shadows on header.

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Redup

Beautiful and elegant image shadow.

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Lila & Claudines

Beautiful text shadows when you hover menu. Also some image shadows.

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Two Giraffes

Very subtle image shadows and also some hover shadows.

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