How to Cast a Realistic Shadow on the Ground in Photoshop
Hi there. This video. We're going to revisit this girl here where we did the terrible drop shadow and we're going to do a slightly less terrible drop shadow in the grass. Same with this text here, we're going to type it out. And can you see the drop shadow cast in the bottom here? There's a cool little trick for creating shadows like this. Let's learn how to do it Now in Photoshop. First things first, we gotta go back in time. We're going to go to file open, we're going to go to our 15 shadows and we're going to open up cast shadows. Oh one dot psD remember this? We did way back when and we faked the shadow and it was okay using the burn tool. I'm going to show you a different and probably more realistic way. So what we're gonna do first up is we're gonna click on the shadow layer and delete it. Goodbye with the model layer selected. We're going to add a drop shadow to him. So we're gonna go to effects, we're gonna go to drop shadow and we're gonna add a job shadow. What kind I'm just ...
kind of guessing here, I'm getting the capacity up a little higher distance, not too worried about that size wise, how blurry. Fair enough for me. So you can copy my settings or just adjust, you'll see we can mess around with this quite a bit afterwards. So we're not particularly worried about the exact settings here. We're going to click OK and this is the bit that people don't know. You can do, you can actually right click the word drop shadow and you can go to this one that says create layer. The reason you don't know is because that's a ridiculous name for it. Create layer what it does, it says there's a warning and what it does is it separates that drop shadow, nothing's changed here except the drop shadow now on its own layer. The good thing about that is I can move it around, I could kind of do that with the effect but what I can do now is we can start putting together some of the effects that we learned earlier. Okay, so I'm gonna put it just underneath here then I'm going to go to edit transform and I'm gonna use this one that says distort and I'm gonna grab the top one and flip it upside down so there's the top middle and just kind of flip it over, grab anywhere but the um crosshairs in the middle and I'm just gonna drag it up so it looks like she's underneath. Now, depending on what you want to do with the drop shadow, it's a little hard to see on screen because there's grass in the background. To what I'll do is I'll just disable the background. I can't do it at the moment. Case I can hit return on my keyboard so that you can see it hit return and I'm gonna turn the background off, I've still got the shadow layer selected. I'm going to go back to that tool transform so that you can see a little bit better. Good as sort of what I'm gonna do is grab the top one and maybe tuck it in there. So it looks like it depends on where your shadows being cast from. Okay, I can kind of like drag these out often. There's a kind of a spread This Middle one as well and it's up to you, kind of how deep you want it to be. It will depend on the image underneath. That's going to work for me. Turn it on and because this is automatic using multiply it's going to work. Okay, turn the opacity down a little bit to make it more believable and we'll double back to this once we've learned a few other extra skills to maybe fade out some of this top stuff. So what we're going to do now is we're going to do that type exercise you saw at the front, go to file open, we're going to open up, cast shadows too. Click open. I'm gonna grab my type tool. I'm going to click once I've got a giant text, you type your name, hole type mine, are we using scott because that's the fake brand that we've been making font type using my favorite museo sands and I'm going to make the font size, not so ginormous 50 I'm going to even spell the name, right, that's my last name and I'm gonna grab my move tool and instead of trying to guess font sizes, I like to use command T on a Mac or control D on a Pc. Hold shift on the corners to get a kind of the right size that I want on a variety of return the front color, it's going to be white. It's the exact same principles we just did, but we'll add a little bit of extra. So with scott selected, I'm going to grab my ethics, grab drop shadow. I'm not too worried about it. I'm just gonna leave it like it was before click. Okay. Because what I wanna do, remember right click drop shadow at the cryptic name create layer. Don't worry about the era and make sure I'm working on this bottom layer here called drop shadow. Move it around so it's just underneath and then go to my edit, transform and distort again. Okay. And I'm gonna drag it down and I wanted to be like sitting right there and I wanted to flare out because I've picked an image that had a really clear son in it, whereas the last image doesn't so it still looks a little fake this one here. I'm trying to mimic the sun rays that are streaming out of it. I want to nestle in there nicely and hit return so I could play around with the capacity to try and make it sit in a bit nicer. Okay. And what I might do is multiply works. But let's try some of the other ones just to see what it looks like. So remember the shortcut I have to be on my move tool. I have to hold down shift on my keyboard and tap the plus key on my keyboard. The plus that's up the top there next to the numbers. And we're just going to cycle through until I find something that I like. See I'm liking something like this, like overlays working a little bit nicer than multiply quite like it. And just to add a little bit more to it, I'm going to add a layer mask. We've done this a few times now we're kind of doubling down and practicing because it's white, it's not doing anything. I'm gonna grab my brush, I'm not going to use one of my smoke brushes. I'm gonna go to general. Okay. And I'm going to use just the soft round one size wise, it's really big. What is it? It's going to be something appropriate actually. That was a perfect size. My caps lock was on. Okay. And if I use black, remember white, white shows everything through but if I paint with black on it, I can start removing parts so I clicked once on their, clicked once on there, click once on there. What I might do is turn the opacity down a little bit. So I'm going to undo. Those guys undo undo undo and just turn the opacity down to something quite light and just build it up slowly. 30% clicking and dragging across the bottom, clicking and dragging, clicking and dragging, clicking and dragging. So it's just kind of starting to nestle in there a little bit better. Is it believable? It's text on grass, it's probably more believable than that one. We're gonna do the same thing though with this drop shadow selected. I'm going to go to my move tool and play around with my layer modes until I find something more believable. So overlay, worked in the last one, I'm going to crank up the capacity and the latest selected mode bristol, slightly smaller brush and I'm just gonna work out so it's not so clear. Just a little bit less hardcore, is it better? It's definitely better. Is it photo realistic? It is not. But we've learned some cool new tricks, the drop shadow where we can disconnect the drop shadow and then start messing about with it with different layer modes, we can transform it and that will lead us into the next video where we start bending it. Alright, thanks for playing along. I'll see you in the next video