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Okay, this first lesson goes over how to put a realistic 3-D shadow on a picture like this:
1. Open the picture you want to use and put it in your work area then tilt it to the angle you want it to be at.
2. Next you need to duplicate your picture.
3. Either create a new layer or use your shape tool and create a black area over your duplicate and then clip the black into it then merge the black and duplicate together.
4. Go to filters>blur>gaussian blur to blur the black duplicate. (I vary the amount for each thing so I suggest using your own judgment. However, I used 10 for this lesson)
5. Move your shadow layer under your original picture.
6. Select the shadow layer, go to your work area and click the circle that allows you to rotate your picture. (DO NOT ROTATE YET!) Once its clicked right click it (MAC users: CTRL+Click) and select skew.
This lets you pull your corners at angle thus skewing your picture. Each time you do it for an object you will probably use a different amount... until you get to a further lesson )Skew it until it is at an amount going away from your picture that you are satisfied with. (looking at screen: for mine I pulled the bottom left corner up and behind the pic the bottom right corner up and away from the pic, for both top corners I just pulled them away and down.)
7. Resize and rotate your shadow until the bottom of the shadow is not tilted but vertical and the shadow is about 1/2 the size of the picture.
8. Go to opacity and lower it to the amount you're comfortable with. I tend to go with somewhere between 30-50. I used 50 for this example.
9. Lastly select your original pic in the layers, the go to edit>stroke (outline) selection select inside and white for your color and set it to about 5.
Your final product should look something like this:
Let me know if you have any questions.
mom of: Zach (10), Ryan (8), Bella (5), Mason (2), and pollywog #5 due 12/04/14