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Jan 09, 2012

The Secret to Creating Shadows in Photoshop

How to calculate light in shadows

Creating realistic shadows in Photoshop really is about the hardest thing you can do. The reason for this, is that there is so much more going on than what most people think about. In today’s episode, I am going to shed some light on what needs to be done to create perfect composites.

Today’s Episode Timeline

  • 0:32 – Announcing Amelia’s Move & what that means for you
  • 1:00 – Announcing the winners from last week’s contest!
  • 3:00 – The secret that no one thinks about when doing composites
  • 4:20 – Showing light bouncing back and forth
  • 6:20 – Why this contest is going to benefit you
  • 7:30 – Adding a bit more to the mushroom
  • 8:50 – Fixing exposure and color
  • 10:10 – Taking the light and color from the mushroom
  • 16:20 – Adding depth to the shadow
  • 19:30 – EPISODE PUMP UP

Last Week’s Contest Winner

Lets us know which Phlearn PRO Photoshop Tutorial you would like!

  • Ian- Resolutions bar – workout equipment first 2 weeks, alcohol the rest of the year.
  • Tia- Took amazing initiative, and has already contacted photographers to work with.
  • Elaine- Love What You Do!
  • Reem- Wants to make out with Adam Levine
  • Jason – Great slides and a very clear idea of what he will do

This Week’s Contest

Use THESE images to create a realistic composite. Remember the shadows, light, and color all play back and forth. Submit your JPG in a comment for a chance to win! If you can do this, you can do just about any composite in Photoshop. The contest is open until next Monday at 12PM CST.

5 People will each win 2 PRO Photoshop Tutorials.

Here are the download files, I can’t wait to see your composites!

Here is my .PSD if you want to go through it. About 1.5 hrs into it.

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