Well, so far I have learned how to make a "Planar Surface floating against a wall" and a "Cylinder floating in front of a planar surface floating against a wall." It may not seem like much, but since I have always used the "Drop Shadow" box, this has been fascinating since we have not yet used the drop shadow box. All of these are created by using different layers and different techniques.
This was my first attempt. He asked that we not be creative and simply do the assignment as requested. Hence the first file. He then asked that we be creative so I created the following three files.

The following files are our second assignment. Again, one strictly interpreted and one creative.

I need to play some more with the second file and use textures and etc. So I will take the time to do that before class this afternoon. So what do you think? Have a blessed day!