Shadows are important for any picture's impression, texture and sense of depth. There are several types of effects and range from mirroring and reflection. Drop shadow is yet effective. Each effect represents different form of expression for the object you are looking for.Natural shadow, reflection shadow, cast shadow, drop shadow. Among of them reflection shadow is the most used and represents the object in a very different way as you find a sample above. If you are looking for the shadow is not mentioned above, please don't feel hesitate to contact us, our experts can handle any kind of photo treatment requirements.
How it works
Types of shadow
When to use shadow effect:
How we make a drop shadow
At first we will put an image on Photoshp window with which we want to work on.
Then we will make a path/selection around the object. We can use pen tool or magic tool to do that. Please visit our clipping path tutorial page to have the idea how we can draw path around any object with sequential images.
We will make a vector mask to the selected layer as the picture shown below.
We will again going to do the path selection with (Windows: CTRL+Click on the path layer; On mac: Command+Click on the path layer) and
1. Open a new layer
2. And selct the "Mock Tool" form the left side options on the Photoshop Windows (see the screenshot below.)
At first we must select the empty layer and click on the right button of our mouse.
2. Then we will select the option "Fill" from the popup options.
3. We will selct the option "Use" option and a dropdown menu will appear. We will select "Black" from the options and hit the "Ok" button. We must make sure the opacity on the bottom is confirmed as 100%
4. We will now selct the masked layer and drag it to the top of the layers. And press (For windows: CTRL+D; For mac: Command+D) to deselct the path selection.
Now press (For windows CTRL+T; For mac Command+T), hold the left corner first to move the shadow as the screenshot below. And also hold the right corner of the selction and move it to the exact porportion as you want the shadow looks like. And hit the "Enter" button of your keyboard.
Now we will reduce the opacity to a certain number so that the shadow looks realstick and natural. As I just reduced it to 44%.
After that we will move to the top of the window and selct "Filter >> Blur >> Gaussian Blur"
Then we will change the redius of the blur effect so that the edges of the shadow looks smooth and realstic.
We will make a new layer and rename it to "Fill shadow".
Select the Brush Tool form the tools panale. See the screenshot below.
Then we will change the opacity as it needs, I changed it to 3%, and we will change the brush size to a size to make put a drop shadow around the shoe, I have changed it to 25px. See the screenshot below.
Now we will select the shadow layer
Now we will click on the "fx" at the bottom to add a layer style and then select the "Gradiant Overlay from the popup optiona"
Now we will change the opacity and angle of the of the gradiant.
Here we go. This is how we can make a realstic drop shadow on any object. This is quite a simple tutorial.
Step 17 - (Before - After)
Before - After effect.
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