I don't have the book but do have a couple of questions.
1. Have you got some transparency around the pixels/shape on the layer you are working on to allow the shadow to show on the background. Can you post your layers panel (example below)
2. What are your drop shadow settings? (Example below)
Hello Dave, thank you very much for replying to me. Here is are a couple of screen shots. I hope they are clear enough. The drop shadow applies to the little preview box if I leave the blend mode as 'screen' but disappears if i change the blend mode to 'multiply'. However, in either of these settings - the drop shadow doesn't apply to the layer at all. The layer i am trying to add the drop shadow to is the image on the left of the first screen shot - as you see there is no drop shadow (and still isn't after i press ok on these settings). I have the transparency on the layer you mentioned. I am extremely grateful for your help with this! Thank you!
Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!! I have just figured it out - it's the COLOUR OF THE DROP SHADOW!!!! It's still white!!! Ahahahahaha. Hilariously i am used to following the book instructions to the letter, and on this page they miss out 'change the colour' and 'change mode to multiply'. When they miss something - i miss something!!!
Wow - sometimes it's the really obvious things staring you in the face!!
Right i'm going to make a cup of tea as apparently i need one and say again thank you very very much for your help with this and sorry for being such a twit!
Don't worry - you're not the first, and won't be the last, to be scratching your head over something. No matter how much we use the program - occasionally we miss something simple . Glad you got it sorted.