Advice 1: How to make shadow in photoshop

If you have a picture of any object (subject, person, animal etc), then draw a shadow in Adobe Photoshop is not very difficult. The following describes one of the variants of such an operation. Assuming that the image of the object in PSD format, GIF or PNG you have, the procedure of retrieval of an object from General images or photos - is a separate issue, which is not considered here.
How to make shadow in photoshop
You will need
  • Graphic editor Adobe Photoshop
Instruction
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Open the file with the image of the object, the shadow which you want to draw.
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Since this is the object, i.e. separated from the background object, then the second step you can go directly to the creation of layer-shade. Create a duplicate layer with the object - press CTRL + J.
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Now select the path object, press the CTRL key and hold, click the icon on the layer of the future shadow.
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The highlighted outline should fill with black color press ALT + BackSpace will do it.
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Now we need to blur the outline of the future shadow. Open the menu section Filter, go to Blur and select the Gaussian Blur. In the Radius field choose the appropriate value depending on the parameters of the object and the size of the entire image, it may be from 1.5 to 15 pixel. You will have the opportunity to evaluate this parameter in the selection process, because the filter has an image preview. When you are finished, click "OK".
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Now move the shadow to its rightful place (with the object), i.e., swap the layer of the object and the shadow layer.
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Clicking on the shadow layer, press CTRL + T. So you turn on the warp mode. Around the image frame appears on each side of which will have three nodal points - two in corners and one in the middle side. The average nodal point of the upper side of a selected path object you need to move the mouse while pressing the CTRL key. The image shadows will change - give it a more natural shadow form in the light conditions in your picture. If the lighting source is high - the shadow must be shorter than the object if low longer. Pick and angle of shadows depending on the direction of the light source. After the deformation of the shadow, press Enter.
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Left to make the shadow not so radically black in the layers window, move the slider in the dropdown list of the Opacity to about 60%. Adjust this value depending on the background and colors on your picture. This simple method of creating shadows can be considered implemented, and to proceed with further processing of the picture.

Advice 2 : How to add shadow in photoshop

Sometimes it happens that the object we put in the collage, does not want to fit into it and looks like a flat picture rather than part of a realistic image. And all because this subject has no shadow. However, it is not difficult to correct.
How to add shadow in photoshop
You will need
  • - Photoshop;
  • - the image to be processed.
Instruction
1
Open the image of the subject on which it is necessary to add a shadow in Photoshop using Ctrl+O or Open command ("Open") the File menu ("File").
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Select the object that will cast a shadow. To do this, select in the palette "Tools" Polygonal Lasso tool (Polygon lasso). Click with the left mouse button on any point on the contour of the figure casting the shadow. Route selection on a straight section of the circuit and again click the left mouse button in the place where the circuit is bent. In this way, highlight the entire figure. Lock the selection by clicking the point where you began to distinguish the outline.
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Create a new layer by clicking the Create new layer (Create new layer"), which is located at the bottom of the palette "Layers". The same result you get using the New command ("New") in the menu Layer ("Layer").
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Fill the selection with black color. In order to do this, select the Paint Bucket tool (Fill) in the palette "Tools". Click on the colored square at the bottom of the palette "Tools". In the palette, select black color and click OK. Click the left mouse button inside the selection. The resulting figure will serve as the basis for the shade.
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Remove the shade selection command Deselect from the menu Select.
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Transform the shadow. To do this, use the command in the Distort group Transform from the Edit menu. Dragging with the mouse the corners of the frame around the figure, place the figure in the projection, which must be a shadow from the selected object. Apply the transformation by pressing Enter.
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Apply to a layer with a drop shadow Gaussian Blur filter from the group Blur Filter menu. A blur radius set depending on the nature of light in the image: a strong light source at a close distance from the subject will give a shadow with sharp edges, and accordingly, the blur radius you need to choose smaller. The scattered light is pretty blurry shadows. On average, blur the shadow enough values of two to three pixels. Click on the OK button.
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Change the blend mode of the shadow layer from Normal to Multiply. To do this, click the right mouse button on the layer with the shadow and select Blending Options from the context menu. In the opened window, select Multiply from the drop-down list.
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Increase the transparency of the shadow layer. To do this, click on the arrow to the right of the word Opacity in the layers palette and drag the slider to the left to a value of 50%.
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If any parts of the shadow are superimposed on the object that should cast a shadow, remove them using the Eraser Tool (Eraser).
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Save the image using Save or Save As, which is located in the File menu.

Advice 3 : How to cast shadows in Photoshop

One of the necessary stages of work in creating collages is an overlay of shadows, without which the picture will look flat. Realistic shadow cast by the object, it is possible to make the duplicate layer with the object by using the transformation tools in Photoshop.
How to cast shadows in Photoshop
You will need
  • - Photoshop;
  • image.
Instruction
1
Download editor Photoshop image file to which you want to add shadows, use the option Open from the File menu. As a basis you'll need a copy of the layer with the cut out from a background object that casts a shadow. If you are working with a layered document, select the layer with your object and duplicate it with Ctrl+J.
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If you have the image composed of one layer, and casting a shadow object is not separated it from the background, trace the outline of the subject with the Lasso tool. Option Save Selection menu Select save selection to a new channel. By default it will be called “Alpha1”. Copy the selected object to a new layer.
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Turn the copy of the subject into a dark silhouette. If the layer is hiding the background mask, just fill the object with black color applying the Paint Bucket tool. If the layer has no mask, limit the scope of the fill, loading the selection option, Load Selection menu Select. As a source of information on the allocation, select from the Channel list, select the Layer Transparency. The loaded area can be filled with color.
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Change the blending mode of the workpiece to the shadows with the layer below, from Normal to Multiply. If necessary, dilute the shadow option Gaussian Blur band Blur Filter menu. The radius of the blur depends on the brightness of the light source in the collage. To create the effect of very bright light will require a minimum blur radius, a weak source will give soft shadows with very soft edges. If the shadow was very dark, reduce the opacity setting in the layers palette the Opacity parameter.
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Using the Skew or Distort options group menu Edit Transform warp shadow, putting it on the surface. If the collage contains other shadows, a new position at the same angle.
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If the shadow falls on several different planes, highlight the layer, shading every surface. Option Edit menu Cut cut the selection and paste it on a new layer with the Paste option. Deform plot the shadow for each surface and collect the processed fragments, using the option Merge Down the Layer menu to all layers with parts of the shadow.
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Move treated a shadow under the layer with the object that casts it. In a layered document you can just use the mouse. If you created the shadow from the land of single-layer file, click on the background layer and load a selection saved in a channel. Return to the copy layer and apply the Clear option of the Edit menu. This way you will remove part of the shadow, which should be behind the object.
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For future work, save the document with Save option of the File menu. If you don't want to lose the previous version of the file, use the Save As option.
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