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How to apply shadow effect on elements using CSS

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Answer: Use the CSS box-shadow property

You can use the CSS box-shadow property to apply the shadow effect (like Photoshop drop-shadow style) on block-level elements. The box-shadow can be applied on both inside and outside of the element's box. Try out the following example to see how it works:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>CSS Box Shadow Effect</title>
<style>
    .box{
        width: 150px;
        height: 150px;
        background: #ccc;
    }
    .shadow-inside{
        -moz-box-shadow:    inset 0 0 10px #666; /* for gecko based browsers */
        -webkit-box-shadow: inset 0 0 10px #666; /* for webkit based browsers */
        box-shadow:         inset 0 0 10px #666;
    }
    .shadow-outside{
        -moz-box-shadow:    2px 2px 5px 3px #999;
        -webkit-box-shadow: 2px 2px 5px 3px #999;
        box-shadow:         2px 2px 5px 3px #999;
    }
</style>
</head> 
<body>
<div class="example">
    <h2>Box Shadow Inside</h2>
    <div class="box shadow-inside"></div>
    <br>
    <h2>Box Shadow Outside</h2>
    <div class="box shadow-outside"></div>
</div>
</body>
</html>

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