Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Building shadows, part of Photoshop for Photographers: Compositing.
Next, we're going to take a look at how we can add shadows in order to make this…look more realistic.…The first shadow that we're going to create is a drop shadow.…We are not going to use this drop shadow in the traditional way.…So here let's go ahead and click into the layer and what you may want to do is…use your Move tool and just move your image around so you can get the subject…in just the right spot.…Then once you have gotten that right spot, what you want to do next is go ahead…and click on the FX icon and then choose Drop Shadow.…In this dialog, we can then determine how we want this drop shadow to look.…
What I want to do is have the drop shadow off to the side here, here we can…increase the distance and what's nice about this is we can control the overall…size, the way that the shadow is going to appear.…We can also control its Opacity.…In doing this, I'm trying to get a shadow which looks a little bit like some of…these other shadows that I'm seeing here in the photograph. Next click OK.…
- Combining facial expressions from two images
- Creating a better group portrait with Photomerge
- Removing a subject from the background
- Changing the scale of a subject
- Enhancing the color and tone of a composite image
- Masking together multiple exposures
- Filling in background gaps
- Correcting overexposure
- Replacing the sky in an image
- Creating reflections
- Building in shadows
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effectswith Chris Orwig4h 57m Intermediate
Photoshop CS6 Essential Trainingwith Julieanne Kost10h 30m Beginner
1. Combining Expressions
2. Adding a Subject to a New Environment
3. Compositing to Improve Composition
4. Combining Exposures in Architectural Photography
5. Replacing the Sky in an Image
6. Showing Frame-by-Frame Action in Sports
7. Creating an Imaginative Scene
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