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Old 07-15-2010, 02:53 AM
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Help with a bad shadow

Another bad shadow! I (very basically) restored and colourized this image for someone, and introduced a shadow.

I am very unsatisfied with the shadow. The child looks as though she is floating. I would much appreciate some help with this.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:42 AM
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Re: Help with a bad shadow

Hello Canna W,

Not sure if this is any help as it was done very quickly, personally

I think the baby is sitting to high in the chair.
Your shading is fine but maybe a touch more.
Also instead of adding more shadow try slightly darkening
the seat cover around where the baby sits.

I have attached an example maybe some help.

Good luck.
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:45 AM
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Re: Help with a bad shadow

Hi TopiToo,

I think that is a great improvement, thank you!

I especially think the way you have raised the back of the seat of the chair has made a big difference. It never crossed my mind that the child was too high in the chair, but yes, she was....
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:05 AM
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Re: Help with a bad shadow

you need to soften the main shadow you have there and add a grounding shadow. that will "seat" the baby on the chair. create your shadow on a separate layer and set it to multiply. just look around at how different things cast a shadow, that is your best reference material.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:49 PM
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Re: Help with a bad shadow

Hi Greg, apologies for my late response.

That is absolutely fantastic!!!! What a huge difference your shadows have made. She is now firmly seated on the floor. Brilliant.

I have one of those little wooden artists mannequins, and in future I think I must use it to check out shadows....
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