Creating And Modifying Directional Shadows

Creating and modifying directional shadows

Creating And Modifying Directional Shadows

In this post we have seen how to create a drop shadow. We will carry on where we left off earlier.  This time we create drop shadow in another way, go ahead and turn off the eye icon for originals drop shadow.

Turn off the eye icon
Turn off the eye icon in Photoshop

As you have noticed, on the above layer we have created a really good mask from our selection.  And now we will take advantages of this mask.  Hold on the Cmd key on the Mac and Ctrl key on a PC and click on that mask icon.  When you do that it loads up mask as a selection.

Loads up mask as a selection
Loads up mask as a selection in Photoshop

Now that you have a selection of the shoe, create a new layer in them to fill that new layer with black. Click on the new layer icon so you have a layer above.

Create a New Layer icon
Create a New Layer icon

In order to fill this layer with black it’s Opt + delete on a Mac and Alt + backspace on a PC. You will have the shape of the shoe on a new layer filled with black.

Now let’s deselect this by pressing Cmd + D  on Mac and Ctrl + D on PC.  We will now want to soften the edges of the selection. To do so navigate to Filter > Blur and then choose Gaussian Blur and this works really well.

Softening the edge by using Gaussian Blur
Softening the edge by using Gaussian Blur in Photoshop

Increase the radius value quite a bit to softening out the edges. Next thing we will do is to lower the opacity a bit. So go and grab the slider and then lower it.

Decreasing the Opacity
Decreasing the Opacity in Photoshop

So bring the layer down underneath and then you can offset it.  Take the move tool and click and drag it off to the side.

Drag the Shadow & Move it
Drag the Shadow & Move it

We have used two techniques so far.  There are some images were a certain technique will work better than another so you need to know how to do both techniques.

Moving along, we can control the edge of the drop shadow and in a number of different ways.

So as you can see now we have these two different drop shadows. Well do we need two, actually no. Go ahead and click on that layer that we just created and press the delete key to get rid of it. Now we will not get confuse.

 Delete this layer
Delete this layer

So far we have talked about drop shadow let’s go ahead and talk about how we can modify it.

Click in the Layer 0’s Drop Shadow layer and hold on the shadow and move it around for checking purpose.

Then press Cmd +T for Mac and Ctrl + T to your PC to activate the free transform Tool.  Now when you modify this particular shadow press Cmd on Mac and Ctrl for PC and then grab the corner points, what’s actually happening is it’s give you the ability to kind of flatten out the shadow little bit. In other word change in shape of the shadow takes place. Just modify the shadow and find a nice sweet spot for the shadow and then press enter or return.

Rotating the Shadow with Free Transform
Rotating the Shadow with Free Transform in Photoshop

You can continue the process of adjusting the shadow by repeating Cmd +T for Mac and Ctrl + T to your PC. Once satisfied, press enter or return. We now have the drop shadow in the background. Do lower the opacity and then blur it out by selecting Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur. Diffuse the shadow little bit by reducing the Radius value and click OK to apply that.

One thing that you will be noticing is that how the shadow is traveling over the lace. On the one side it doesn’t look so good. So you need to free transform this a little bit more.Repeat Cmd +T for Mac and Ctrl + T to your PC adjust the shadow and press enter/return.

Adjusting the shadow once again
Adjusting the shadow once again in Photoshop

Now as I modify that again I just struck by how I like most side of the shadow not near the laces. Free Transformation just didn’t work and sometimes it happens, no big deal!

Add Layer Mask Icon
Add Layer Mask Icon in Photoshop

We will click the Add Layer Mask icon grab your paint brush and paint with black. We will just paint the excess shadow away. Well so far so good we modify the shadow rotate the image we are on our way.

Removing unwanted shadow
Removing unwanted shadow in Photoshop

Useful Tips: To work on the shadow follow this steps:

To blur the shadow select Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur

To make the shadow more diffuse lower the opacity

Final result
Final result with shadow.

Original by Unsplash/ CC BY and edited by Clippingpathservice

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