Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding shadows, part of Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 2.
Now that our Godzilla, whatever we want to call him is in place, we need to …add some shadows. Now we see some shadows, like right …there, there's a shadow being cast on the building. …And all these cars down here, the trucks, they're all in shadows, a little sunlight …showing through there. Big monster like this should be casting a …shadow on these buildings, so that's what we are going to create next. …So what I'm going to do is I'm, going to go into the actual layer of the Godzilla …and give it a drop shadow. I'll go in there and say drop shadow and …this gives it some more distance so we can see what it looks like.…
And the sun is coming from this direction right there and I'm going to soften it up …just a little bit. Just soften it up just a tiny bit. …Right there, like that. Now looking at the intensity of this …shadow here, and the shadows on the sides of the building, that looks about right. …Maybe just a little bit lighter. That's good. …Click OK, and we have a shadow. So what I'm going to do now is I'm …
Check out the original Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1 for more inventive illustrative techniques.
- Isolating and retouching composite images
- Colorizing backgrounds
- Adding shadows
- Creating effects like smoke and sparkle
- Positioning elements
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Flying Horse
2. Ice Cave
3. Ghost at the Door
5. Night Storm
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