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Is there a way to make a realistic shadow with a cut out? Like say I have a cut out of my child sitting down and I want a shadow behind him, outline of his body, is that possible? How do I do it? Thanx.
Okay, here's how I do it. I duplicate the layer and move the shadow behind it. Then I select the layer (control click in the layer palette for PS) and fill it with black. Then I do a gaussian blur on the shadow layer. I kind of play around with it to see how much a blur it needs. A lot of times I will drop the opacity down to like 40 or 50% on the shadow layer. Then to get it placed right I will go to edit > transform > distort (like you do to scale things or rotate except) and use the distort tool and grab the layer on the left and drag it all the way to the right so it kind of flips it. Then I will use the distort again and drag it down until it looks like a realistic shadow. I hope that I made sense with this.
I'm not sure if you can do this with all versions of Photoshop, but what I do is add the drop shadow with the Layer Styles, then right-click on the drop shadow on the layers palette and click "Create Layer" It puts the shadow on it's own layer. You can then move it around, add more blur, adjust the opacity of it without changing the rest of the drop shadows on your canvas. If this is not an option in your version of PS, then the way Teresa explained it is the way to go.
this is a good question bc i was wondering the same.. is there anyway one of you girls, WHEN you have time bc i know you girls get busy so no rush at all.. but when you have time to make the picture shots things for this.. i just am not understanding by reading it i never use the layer pallete, im glad with photoshop it does it on its own for me lol.. but as far as clicking around in that area forget it lol!.. thanks girls!