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Old 08-15-2007, 01:34 PM
Lynda99 Lynda99 is offline
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Re: Quickest way to mask

Thanks to these posts, the lightbulb finally went on in my head about layers.

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Old 08-15-2007, 02:36 PM
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Re: Quickest way to mask

LOL, Lynda... I think you now understand that you can't just make a selection on a layer then add a drop shadow to the selection. The selection must first be extracted from the original layer (either to it's own layer or by using a mask).

The next problem arises when you want to create your own drop shadow that can be shaped as in a cast shadow. In that case you need 2 copies of the extraction so that you can sandwich the shadow between the top extraction and the bottom original or background.

See sample layer stack below. I just loaded the selection the shadow layer, filled with black, Free Transformed to shape it, gaussian blurred and lowered opacity to taste.
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Old 08-15-2007, 07:01 PM
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Re: Quickest way to mask

Lynda - It's easy to avoid the "squiggles"! When you are in Quick Mask, you’ll be using the paintbrush with black paint. Select a brush size equal to the width of the wire. Place the brush at one end on the wire and click once and release. Then move the brush to a point down the wire so you can paint a straight-line segment. Hold the shift key and click on a second point. Move the brush further down the wire and holding the shift again click for the second segment. Work your way down the wire to the other end.
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