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Old 10-06-2006, 07:02 PM
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Hi you guys!!


I am very curious about the different ways to add shadows to a picture. I am trying to imitate or at least copy some of what "I think" people use here to add thickness to shadows without making look to unnatural...

I have seen the way people work on adding light to make a picture look brighter or to bring more detail out of it though in this case I just want to learn how to add shadows around objects to make it seem as though the picture was shot with a filter... I am no photographer so I guess I just have to practice with Photoshop for this.

How can I add shadows to the shadows or in this case create shadows where there is bright light? Any suggestions?



oh! I have copied some pictures of the challenges to this thread so you see what it is that I want to achieve.

The first one is brighter (so you see more detail) and the second one has shadow added around the face (and this is what I want to achieve.)

Like I said before, I am not sure how people do it and I would like to see if there is a better or at least different ways to approach it. I have seen this technique used in movie film posters a lot so I decided to kill my curiosity about it.

Take care!
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Old 10-07-2006, 03:22 AM
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Re: Adding shadows Technique...!

Quick one here.
  • Copied to new layer.
  • Desaturated new layer.
  • Set blend mode to Soft Light.
  • Adjust levels by taking white slider on Output and moving it over to the left. (Eliminates highlights).
  • Adjust layer opacity to get amount of shadow desired.
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Old 10-09-2006, 05:25 PM
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Hey Gary!

Thank you very much for the info.

I tried and used your info. It works wonderfully but a question popped up while I was working on my images.

What if the image is tooo bright to apply this technique?

I worked on a regular image that was somehow dark but then I tried in a bright image and I had to do it several times to get to the desired result. I realized that I had to merge the result and do it again.


Well, I am sure there are different ways of doing it. I hope someone else can post another way to do it though it seems that this is a very simple thread nobody is interested on it.

If you have any more info Gary, feel free to correct or comment on what I have posted here. Also, I have been browsing in my photoshop books but I can't find anything related to this specific situation....

would you happen to know were I can learn some more on this?

Thank you!
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Old 10-09-2006, 06:59 PM
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Re: Adding shadows Technique...!

Just read your post, its 1.00 am here, so its gonna have to be tomorrow till I can give this any thought, will get back to you ASAP.
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Old 10-10-2006, 06:27 AM
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Re: Adding shadows Technique...!

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What if the image is tooo bright to apply this technique?
Got an example of an image you're having problems with, I'm a bit short on overbright images, and I'm a bit tight with time at the moment to go looking for any.

Don't have any links as such. Like you I haven't seen too much on this topic, I'll be sure to post any I find.

I tend to come across most things by accident rather than by concerted searching (which I'm hopeless at), or by experimenting when I've got a bit of spare time (which isn't very often these days).
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Old 10-10-2006, 09:30 AM
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Re: Adding shadows Technique...!

Hi Don....

Don't know if this is what you're aiming at but I'll post my very, very quick messy picture below:

Using the eliptical marquee I drew an oval around Amber's face

Select > Feather > 30, OK

Select > Inverse

Now, at bottom of Layers palette I: Clicked on Icon for Create New Fill or Adj. Layer > Curves

When curves dialog box comes up, pull down on the diagonal line until you see your desired darkness, click OK

That's it....... again..... this was very fast........ also, instead of all this you might just try Ctrl + J and on that layer go Filters > Render > Lighting Effects and choose Flashlight.......

These may be something for you to play around with......

Beth
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Old 10-10-2006, 09:54 AM
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Re: Adding shadows Technique...!

Hey Don...... since you mentioned something for brighter pictures here's a brighter before and after using the Filter > Render > Lighting Effects > Flashlight....

Beth
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Old 10-10-2006, 10:30 AM
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Re: Adding shadows Technique...!

For intensifying shadows, even on lighter pictures, duplicate to new layer, select blending mode to multiply and mask. Paint areas to be darkened accordingly, varying opacity of brush to taste. Can use on multi levels of multiply, ie, consecutive layers set to multiply with new mask on each.

Ps: if you are trying to multiply a white point it is like 0 x 0 =0
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:17 PM
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Re: Adding shadows Technique...!

Simple approach for (at least) dark colored backgrounds

Duplicated background 3 times.

Bottom 2 set to multiply @ 75% fill and opacity
top layer set to soft light at 100% fill and opacity.

Added a Hue/Saturation layer to reduce the red saturation
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:47 PM
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Re: Adding shadows Technique...!

Had a play with Beth's picture (hope that's OK).

Copied to new layer, set blend mode to multiply. Adjusted contrast a little.
Then just applied method from my first post.
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