Bending or Curved Shadow Under an Image in Photoshop
Hi there, this video is all about bendy shadows. Can you see underneath the image here? I'm turning it on and off. It's this kind of bent paper look. The actual image itself is actually perfectly square. It's just this shadow that you bend. It's a neat little trick you can do when you're presenting your work or uploading it to say a web gallery to kind of give it a bit of depth learning to take us a couple of minutes. Let's learn how to do it now in Photoshop. All right, to put the bendy shadow underneath, Let's go to file, open and in your exercise files under shadows. There's one called curved shadow dot jpeg. So open that one up now. This is just a flat and JP or something we made earlier in the course. And basically we have all the tools and techniques already for this one to work. We just need to combine them in a special way. First thing we need to do is we need to generate a little bit more of a white background. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna grab our crop tool, is this ...
one here? Fifth tool down. It's gonna make sure content wears off because I don't want to actually extend the background. I want a bit of a white background. What we can do in the top, right? Just click hold and drag, click hold and drag down the bottom left here. Just give myself a little bit of extra space, drag it so it's in the middle ish. Hit return on my keyboard. Now. What I'd like to do is I'd like to fill the background with white so I'm gonna make a new layer and put it at the bottom. I should call it background. I'm not gonna lie to you. I wouldn't but you should I'm gonna go to edit. I'm gonna go to fill and I'm going to say fill with white click. Ok? It's got a white background now. So with layer zero selected, I'm going to add my job shadow. So just like we did in the previous tutorial, there's only a slight change in this one. So I've got a drop shadow. It depends on how much of a bendy shadow. Okay. The one thing that you might do to save yourself some time is get the angle to be straight up and down so it's at 90. It's really hard to drag to 90 if you hold down shift while you're dragging it though, it does lock it into like five degree increments. We'll just type it in. That's heaps easier. I'm happy with mine at 31 and 24. That was just what was left over from the last tutorial. You can miss her bout with yours. Let's click OK. The magic happens here. You can right click the drop shadow and say create layer morning. You'll click that don't show again. I'm a trainer so I need to keep those stuff on. It's annoying but it needs to be there every time I teach somebody that's new and it's only annoying for me with the layer selected, the drop shadow selected. Make sure you got this one selected is instead of going to edit transform, we use distort, we're going to use warp. Remember what's more like fabric distorts more like playing with angles, warps more like turning it into fabric. And what we're going to do is these two little dots here are going to control the bend. Okay, so I'm kind of showing you what they do. I'm going to undo that. I want them back to the bottom and I'm just gonna drag this one up to about there. And the same with this one. It really depends on how much of a bend you want at the bottom. So I want mine just a little bit more. It will depend on where you started with the drop shadow as well. And when you're finished, click return on your keyboard and there's that kind of like makes the image look like it's sitting on the ground. It looks like it's a little bit more bent. You might lower the opacity of this layer here just to kind of knock it back a little bit, depending on what you want. I'm happy with it. It's a cool effect and it's really quite nice when you're uploading these things to say a web gallery and you want to kind of make your images stand out when you're presenting them. We'll do a full section, like a full category on presenting work in the advanced Photoshop course we want to go into like full mock ups. Will do that in the advanced one, but for now it is bendy Shadows. I love it. All right, I will see you in the next video.