Distort Shadows with Wavelength


Shadowing in Adobe® Photoshop® for Digital Scrapbookers


Lesson Info

Distort Shadows with Wavelength

Let's work on the way of tool so we have a shadow on this photo that zoom in a little more okay, so what we want to do is we want to create a layer again and oh, okay, so it's going to create a layer for I still have the stroke on here so that's another thing about the creating a layer is that it will create a different layer for every effect you have so it's not gonna affect anything because it still has the inner stroke layer and then has the drop shot earlier so the wave tool is up in your filters filter to start wave and yeah that's pretty funky so we we need to make sure we're not quite that funky so we're only gonna have two generators and our wavelength needs to be really big because a short wavelength is going to be like this if you remember from science class it's going to be like this and a long wavelength it's more like thiss so we want a really long wavelength because we don't want our shadow to be really bumpy so we're gonna tio one and we're going to do nine hundred you c...

an go all the way up tio ninety nine if you want or anywhere in this range he just wanted to be a super large wavelength and then our amplitude is going to be three and about twenty okay, so that seriously distorts the shadow and when we're done with it it's gonna be pretty funny looking so let's hit ok but you can see almost immediately what it does it looks like there are places on the photo that are popping up in places where it's touching now the thing is it's really random and so you have to go in and adjust things still and so we're going tio move the shadow around a little bit until it looks a little bit more realistic now remember that the light source is coming from one hundred twenty degrees so we need to make sure that it's not there's not too much going on up here although it that shadow right there that shows that it's pulling up this fine it's pretty fun looking so you get it you can also you can rotate this now it's probably not that much. You can rotate it you can move it over but you do want to move it too far down because it doesn't make sense but you could move it over. You can see now it looks like it's pulling up over here and pulling up over here it's a pretty fun way to get a more of a random effect but um you know, you can still control some variables so let's try it again off here you know this one is kind of an interesting conundrum. Because it's kind of half buried, so if we do the same thing, uh, filter now, if you just go right here to filter wave, it'll it'll apply the exact same filter you did before. So I'm just going to do that instead of going through and doing the settings again. But it's kind of weird because, yes, our light it's coming from one hundred twenty degrees. But it's also buried underneath stuff down there, and so it wouldn't make sense because all that weight, the digital weight is on top of it. So having it pull away over there doesn't make much sense because it wouldn't pull away. So I'm going to move this one up and around a little bit so that it pulls away more up here and then if we just make it a little bit smaller, it'll be more subtle. Remember, hold down shift to constrain proportion so you don't distort things, and now you can see it just looks like it's pulling away a little bit up there.

Class Description

Learn how to create more polished and photorealistic scrapbook layouts with Traci Reed in Shadowing in Adobe® Photoshop® for Digital Scrapbookers.

Shadowing adds depth and perspective to scrapbook layouts, but stock Adobe® Photoshop® shadow effects can look artificial. In this class, you’ll learn techniques that make adding and modifying shadows a simple process that yields believable results. Traci will teach you how to create shadows that fit the texture and composition of the elements you are using and look great on the screen and the printed page. You’ll learn:

  • The anatomy of Adobe® Photoshop® shadows
  • Realistic shadowing of objects
  • Options for adding finishing touches

If you want to create more photorealistic pages, produce product for sale, or just take your design skills to the next level join Traci for Shadowing in Adobe® Photoshop® for Digital Scrapbookers.

For even more advanced scrapbooking tips check out Layering in Photoshop for Digital Scrapbookers & Design Layouts in Photoshop.