Working with shadow in photoshop

Make a copy of our monument layer and drag it to separate document (create one).

Working with shadow in photoshop

There we have it.

Working with shadow in photoshop

We need this to create a real shadow. OF course I’ve could painted it but it probably took me some time.

Flip the image and rotate it 180. You will get this.

Working with shadow in photoshop

Drag our flipped image. And here we have it. Now transform the image, using Distort and Skew.

Working with shadow in photoshop

And don’t forget the shadow direction.

Working with shadow in photoshop



Working with shadow in photoshop

Fill the layer with color in layer styles menu.

Working with shadow in photoshop

Create an Alpha Channel.

Working with shadow in photoshop

You should know this: the further the shadow goes from the object the more it loses contrast and blurs a little bit.

Working with shadow in photoshop

Load the selection in Select > Load selection > Alpha 1

Working with shadow in photoshop

And transform a little bit the selection.

Working with shadow in photoshop

And apply blur or blur more filter.

This Filter will five you blur in the end. But I think every stilling should be done with hand.

So shoes a nice SOFT brush, set the flow to about 5-10%, and paint a little bit with mere white.

Working with shadow in photoshop



Working with shadow in photoshop

And there we have it.

Working with shadow in photoshop

Some Adjustments and we are done here.

Working with shadow in photoshop



Working with shadow in photoshop

Today our tutorial will be about how to drop the right shadow in Photoshop and how to make a clean nice selection. This is a technical tutorial so we will get no pretty images in the end.

Let’s start by creating a document and choosing a picture sample.

Working with shadow in photoshop

Here is our sample. Tap (Q) for quick mask and begin to cover the image with mask. Quick mask uses basic PS brushes, so if you like you can set the opacity, flow, spacing and so on. I will use brush without any settings.

Working with shadow in photoshop

Now refine the edges. You can tap X to toggle cover and erase mask in Quick mask mode.

Working with shadow in photoshop

Make the edges as rough as possible.

Now tap Q again turning the Quick mask off. As you can see now you have all the area is selected except the monument. Just select inverse.

Working with shadow in photoshop

Further and Smooth the selection. Just a little bit.

Working with shadow in photoshop



Working with shadow in photoshop



Working with shadow in photoshop

Now it’s time to make a new document.

Working with shadow in photoshop

And just drag the selected image to our new document.

Working with shadow in photoshop

And here we have nice and clean edged image. If you are a graphic designer you will need this a lot of times. Remember to smooth the selection.

Now what we are going to do is to drop a shadow.

First define from where is the light coming from. But the picture is made in day time, so we have now direct lights, just the sun light. But anyway it has direction.

Working with shadow in photoshop



Working with shadow in photoshop

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