Adding shadows in Photoshop

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by c073186, May 31, 2008.

  1. c073186 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2007
    I've been working on a project where I want to cut out some people and place them in another background. I've done that, but now, to make it look more realistic, I want to try to add shadows to their faces. How would I go about doing that? I tried this tutorial (link) but the second copy does not appear black/gray as a shadow should, it just looks like a mirror of the image. Does anyone have advice on this topic? Thanks.
  2. zblaxberg Guest


    Jan 22, 2007
    Use the dodge and burn tool. See if you find a tutorial for that.
  3. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    In most cases you're better off just adding shadows by hand so they look right. Depending on the lighting angle/surface/etc., the shape of a shadow is likely quite different from the source in purely 2D terms.

  4. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    Paint the shadows into another layer(using soft-edged black paintbrush) above the image, and use blending modes and transparency to tweak it.
    This is where Wacom tablets are very useful.

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