I hate drop shadows

Personally I implement drop shadows with CSS these days and don’t use images. IE users can suffer a lesser experience for using a lesser browser. You don’t expect 2010 graphics out of your Playstation 2? Don’t expect 2010 effects out of your 2002 browser either.

Drop shadows though are supposed to be a bonus. Any design where they are necessary to distinguish layers and areas is a poor one in my opinion. And overusing them is worse than not using them at all.