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Adding realism to your shadow with filters

From: Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

Video: Adding realism to your shadow with filters

After you have finished painting your shadows there are a few And I'm not going to leave it like that because again, it just looks soft.

Adding realism to your shadow with filters

After you have finished painting your shadows there are a few filters that can help really add some realism to your image. Here you can see my two painted shadows. Again, shadow one, and shadow two and I'm going to adjust the Opacity and Blend mode of Shadow 01 like before. So I set it to Multiply and I lower my Opacity. And overall this looks okay, but it still looks like a brush stroke. It still looks like a solid painted shadow. So a good technique to use for this is to add filters to try and add some realism to it.

So I'm going to right-click on my layer and I'm going to tell it to convert to a smart object. If you can't remember that you can also go to the Filter menu and just say Convert for Smart Filters, it'll do the same thing. And that creates a smart filter layer for my Shadow 01. This is my base layer. So I'm here, I'm going to go to Filter > Blur and Gaussian Blur, but this isn't the only blur I'm going to use. Gaussian Blur does a nice diffusion, but it also goes through and it kind of loses detail too quickly.

So, it just looks soft and fuzzy. So, I'm going to increase my diffusion a little bit, by using the Radius control down below. Hit OK. And I'm not going to leave it like that because again, it just looks soft. Instead, I'm going to go back up to Filter and I'm going to run a second Blur on this. And this time I'm going to use Motion Blur. Now Motion Blur is handy because not only do I have a distance so I can increase or decrease my blur, but I can also change the angle of the blur so it more appropriately matches the lighting source of this image.

So on here, since I have a highlight on this side and I have shadows on the lower right, I'm going to try and angle my blur to mimic the same direction. And hit OK. And that gives me a more natural looking fade than I would by just using one or the other. Now, for my second shadow, I simply want to soften this up. I don't want to have this look as sharp as what I have, so again I'm going to drop my Opacity back just a little bit, convert it to a smart object so that I don't do this destructively.

Go to Filter, and this time I'm going to go to Blur, and I'm going to try, just a Gaussian Blur on it. And in Gaussian Blur, I'm just going to let it diffuse, maybe increase it just a little bit more and see how that works. What I don't want to do, with my core shadow that I put in underneath the object directly, is do a Motion Blur. Because that will diffuse it too much. What I really want to do is have my shadow show up and hold some sort of assemblance of the original image. So, you can see where it touches the ground here. That's where the darkest part of the shadows are going to be.

Where it's lifted up a little bit more, it may not even have a secondary shadow. So, this technique allows me to go in and work non destructively. If I need to edit my blurs, I simply go back and double click on my smart filter and adjust as needed.

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Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

46 video lessons · 4521 viewers

Kevin Stohlmeyer
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  1. 1m 17s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 6m 41s
    1. Getting started
      50s
    2. Starting with the right photograph
      1m 55s
    3. Utilizing colored or white backgrounds in Photoshop
      1m 28s
    4. Setting up your tablet for detail work
      2m 28s
  3. 12m 37s
    1. Using RGB vs. CMYK color spaces
      1m 17s
    2. Using adjustment layers vs. the Adjustment menu
      2m 4s
    3. Adjusting exposure in Photoshop
      3m 47s
    4. Easy color adjustments using the two-pass method
      2m 59s
    5. Removing color casts from backgrounds
      2m 30s
  4. 16m 31s
    1. Retouching overview
      19s
    2. Setting up your file for nondestructive editing in Photoshop
      1m 26s
    3. Using filters to remove dust and scratches
      2m 58s
    4. Cleaning up your image with healing tools
      3m 49s
    5. Utilizing the Clone Stamp tool to its fullest potential
      2m 20s
    6. Understanding the Clone Source panel
      2m 48s
    7. Using the Content-Aware Patch and Spot Healing tools
      2m 51s
  5. 12m 40s
    1. When do you use a mask or a path?
      1m 15s
    2. Creating an accurate path using the Pen tool
      2m 51s
    3. Saving your work path and creating a clipping path
      1m 56s
    4. Making an initial selection with selection tools
      2m 14s
    5. Cleaning up your selection
      3m 3s
    6. Creating a layer mask from a selection
      1m 21s
  6. 10m 58s
    1. How does light affect your product's shadow?
      1m 17s
    2. Using the original source to create a shadow
      1m 51s
    3. Creating your own shadow using brushes
      2m 54s
    4. Adding realism to your shadow with filters
      2m 54s
    5. Using blending modes to add your shadow to the background
      2m 2s
  7. 10m 39s
    1. Enhancing the product
      17s
    2. Adding product labels with vector art
      1m 29s
    3. Transforming the label
      1m 48s
    4. Adding realistic highlights
      2m 47s
    5. Replacing product colors with adjustment layers
      2m 33s
    6. Using layer comps for alternative versions
      1m 45s
  8. 19m 10s
    1. What are ideal files for automation?
      45s
    2. How to create an action in Photoshop
      2m 5s
    3. The batch-automation process
      2m 25s
    4. Automating color correction
      1m 27s
    5. Automating shadow creation
      2m 14s
    6. Automating image sizes for print and the web
      1m 49s
    7. Using conditional actions in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    8. Outputting your file to multiple formats
      1m 31s
    9. Adding metadata using templates in Adobe Bridge
      1m 15s
    10. Batch renaming files using Adobe Bridge
      2m 47s
  9. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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