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Commercial Photoshop Retouching: In the Studio by Glenn Honiball

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Creating Shadows for Complex Objects

Before: a picture of a lonely tree

Figure 2-27. Before: a picture of a lonely tree

Note

Normally, I would start a project like this by making a mask of the object. Masks will be covered in a later chapter, so for now, we'll assume that the tree has been cropped out.

After: tree in its new environment with proper shadow

Figure 2-28. After: tree in its new environment with proper shadow

Creating a shadow for a complex object is a little more involved than the freehand shading we've done so far. In this section, we'll create a shadow for a more intricate object, the complex tree shown in Figure 2-27. By the time we get to the final image, Figure 2-28, we'll have replanted this tree on a hillside with the proper shadow intact.

First, make a selection of the tree and create a new multiplied shadow layer. On the new multiplied layer, fill the selection with a 98% black, as I've done in Figure 2-29.

The tree selected and filled with 98% black

Figure 2-29. The tree selected and filled with 98% black

Next, select Edit Transform Path Skew. Move the transform center pivot point of the transform tool to the bottom of the tree, so that it will be the pivot point of the shadow, as in Figure 2-30. Then, adjust the corner handles and distort the shadow layer until the desired shadow angle is achieved. ...

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