Im trying to recreate the shadow effect from the main content area on this site;
Is a drop shadow filter the best way to do this and do I have to have 2 drop shadows or is there a way of making one appear on both sides?
I think you just want to play with the parameters of the shadow, starting with the angle. The default angle places the shadow to the lower right. You can move that around so the shadow is directly below. Then, play with the distance and the amount of softening. Here's a Fireworks .png with some of the parameters modified:
Thanks, i didnt think of angeling it down. Its one of those little tips that is going to save me hours!
There are tons of little controls in Fireworks. Usually, I just go with the defaults. Sometimes, I'm surprised at how unique a look I get if I change things just a tiny bit.