Shadows have always fascinated me. We are inseparable. We can never run away from it.
So let’s have some Photoshop fun with shadows.
In this 4m 23s YouTube video (under 5 mins), A.J. Wood takes us through the simple steps.
The tutorial starts at 45s. If you already know how to cut out the figure using Magic Wand & Refine Edge, skip to 1:53.
SKILL LEVEL Easy
- Magic Wand selection / Refine Edge
- fx / Drop Shadow
- Free Transform & Warp
Steps summarised for the busy person
- Cut out the figure to a New layer with Magic wand & Refine Edge
- Select the New layer.
- Click on fx (at bottom of Layer Panel) / Drop Shadow to create the shadow
- Set Opacity to 100% and Size to 10 to soften the shadow.
- Separate the Drop Shadow from the actual layer (Right click on Drop Shadow / Create Layer)
- Select the Shadow layer
- Do Free Transform (Ctrl+T) & Warp the shadow
- Soften the shadow by setting layer opacity to 50%
If you are compositing images & need to recreate shadows, this method will come in handy.
There are many ways to create a shadow. Sometimes, it is just painted on with a brush but you need to understand light very well before you attempt to do so.
If you are just beginning to learn Photoshop, try this for a quick fun project.
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