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Not bad, not bad. However, I find the “shadow” to be darker than is acceptable for my taste.
Following the tutorial I departed from it at that point. Here’s what I opted for.
1. I duplicated (Ctrl + D) the rectangle. Object to path (Shift + Ctrl + C). With the Node Editing tool (F2) I moved the Top Left node greatly toward the center of the original rectangle. I moved the Top Right node a bit to the left and down about halfway the length of the rectangle. The bottom left node was moved up just a little. Color = Black. Opacity % = 36. Blur = 2.6. Lower selection (End key) to bring to bottom. NET RESULT: the shadow completes the original rectangle confirming to the eye the surface’s flatness. The shadow looks properly filled in by ambient lighting.
2. For the yellow rectangle designated as the note paper: Object to path (Shift + Ctrl + C). Using the Node Editing tool (F2) I selected the Lower Right node to change its characteristics. (There is likely a better way to do this, but here’s what I did.) I clicked the “Make selected nodes smooth” icon in the task bar. This makes the corner become momentarily weird. Then I clicked the icon next to it: “Make selected nodes corner”. This causes the control handles to appear. The nodes handles are adjusted to allow for a slight curve in toward this corner. Then the node is moved in toward the center of the rectangle just a bit. NET RESULT: The paper is warped slightly, not the shadow. The eye is more accustomed to seeing paper bend this way. On to the last step.
3. For the yellow rectangle designated as the note paper: activate the fill and stroke tool (Shift + Ctrl + F). Under the Fill tab I selected the Linear Gradient icon. I clicked the “Edit…” button and ran the gradient from the first stop (f9ff60ff) to the last stop (f0e059ff) darkening as I went. Using the Gradient Editor tool (Ctrl + F1) I moved the circular node just over the rectangle’s Bottom Right corner and the square node about an 1/8th of the way toward the rectangle’s center. NET RESULT: the curled paper edge experiences a slight decrease in reflected light.
4. Unnecessary final note: I put the “tape” on the bottom left, top left and top right leaving the bottom right free. Copy of the final SVG available upon request.