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Drop Shadows HELP
re: drop shadow
Please see my attachment, I hope that's kind of what you are looking for. Since I learned PS on the limited edition that came with my camera, I had to learn drop shadowing the hard way!
Here are the steps I did in editing your image; obviously you can play with the pixel/percentage amounts given.
increased size to 720 pixels wide for a better working image, and cleared the background using the paintbucket tool
select sofa layer icon and right click to select image transparency
click on "select, modify, expand" by 8 pixels
click on "select, feather" by 10 pixels
click on rectangle marquee tool icon to get curser in correct mode
drag selection straight down so that the bottom is exactly even with the bottom of the sofa legs.
create new layer (will become your shadow layer)
fill selection with black using paint bucket
decrease opacity of shadow layer to 65%
select rectangular marquee tool and set feathering to 5 pixels
make a rectangular selection that spans the width of the image, the top should be exactly even to the bottom of the sofa legs, and the bottom should extend well beyond the bottom of the shadow.
using a 100 pixel fuzzy round brush, erase the parts of the shadow that extend beyond the sides of the sofa- as desired.
Flatten and your done!
Build a Better Drop Shadow Photoshop Tutorial
Written by Mike Gustafson
For the PDF version with images click here
Followed the above tut with a few changes:
Lassoed couch onto it's own layer - renamed shadow layer
Duplicated Layer - renamed couch (this should be the top layer)
Selected Shadow layer (Image, Adjust, Brightness/Contrast...) and slide both to -100, making the image black
Click OK, and then applied a Gaussian blur (Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur...). Made the edges soft, without losing the shape of the original image. Turned off the visibility of the Background layer so you can see the blur better.
Turn on the visibility of the topmost layer
Used (Edit, Transform, Distort) in order to add perspective to the image and then lowered the opacity.
used Photopaint 11 on this. I made a mask of the couch and then created a new object from the couch. Selected the Drop Shadow tool and chose a Hard Perspective Right shadow to start. I then moved the shadow so it was center to the couch and then "squashed" it to get a better shape to the shadow and altered the level of shadow transparency to 30 and a gaussian blur on the shadow feather edge.
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