Drop Shadows for Shapes


Layer Effects


Lesson Info

Drop Shadows for Shapes

So another thing that I want to show you, his drop shadows and drop shadows are pretty awesome because everybody loves drop shadows and we're not going to do drop shadows like we normally dio what I want to do is I want to do a drop shadow. I've got this nice little box here, and I would like to do a drop shadow under by box, okay? It's actually sitting on the background here and I'm going to reinforce that effect by going in, and I'm going to make this a little bit darker, and then I'm going to go ahead and do that because I want this to sit on the table, so I have my object, I'm going to go into my layer effects because, hey it's, my new hammer, and once I have a new hammer, everything looks like a nail, so now we're going to weigh your effects on everything, so I want to do a drop shadow, so I go in and I do a drop shadow, and I'm not really paying attention too much ice at the distance, I said to spread and aside, it's like, oh that's perfect. But now this looks like it's sitting r...

ight up against the wall because I gotta drop shadow going up the side. Unless you can affect gravity and the way light curves and bends up the wall. This's quite ridiculous. Okay? And so, of course I just throw up my hands and say, ok, I can't do it or I do this what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go here and I'm and actually break this apart so that I now have a drop shadow that matches my shape, and I can now use this for doing whatever it is that I want to do instead of trying to pan draw drop shadow, I'm just going to go to my layer effects and I'm going to create a layer out of this, and when I do that, this is now my drop shadow right there as its own separate layer pretty cool, huh? And now with that right there, I can do whatever I want to with this drop shot of what I'm doing, I'm gonna kind of poke it up a little bit here and I decide that I'm going to kind of tilt this back and get some type of shadow, so maybe I wanted kind of casting off a little bit to the side here. I can certainly do that, but I don't want to casting on the wall and I can very easily put that up there kind of cast that shadow and then just go in put a mask on this because I never know what immunity by shadow again and with my paintbrush tool on my mask, I'm just going to go in and paint with black because black is going to conceal and I'm just going to paint a way where I don't want that drop shadow. I want the drop shadow to extend all the way out, so I have a much longer cast on the orange side, not a problem. We're gonna take this and I'm gonna go into by transform right here and there's my drop shadow right there see that transform and I could just pull that drop shadow. Of course, if I want to, I can always use distort! They can pull that drop, shadow out any direction that I want, and I know it looks like, oh my gosh, what are you doing with that drop shadow? Well, because that drop shadow was nice and soft in the size of my object, I can always go back to my mask and I can go in and I can mask out all those areas that I don't want to see, and now I've got a drop shadow that cast really quite nicely around my object, and I can move it all around over, I want tio. Probably distorted that a little bit off now it looks like it's kind of lifting one leg right there. Thank goodness for distort are going to go in here and we're gonna put that right back up inside there there we go. But the great thing with this is that now we can move this shadow all around and I can cut it off where I want to just by using that drop shadow effect anything and now we can manipulate that drop shadow. So say I'm doing something like this this is always a fun one to do a drop shadow on drop shadow right there. There it is awesome, but I want this to be standing straight up in the drop shadow to be casting into the back and right now it just looks like it's sitting up against the wall break this drop shadow apart, create layers you know, I'm gonna take this and I'm going to go ahead and I could skew it actually, no, I don't want to do that. I want to do my drop shadow right there. I can distort that and I can put it all the way back there and have that so that the drop shadow gets cast into the background and so if I want to do that start that started that way or you can pull it way back in there to kind of give it the effect and just have a cast anywhere that I want to try to draw that drop shadowed by hand and you could go ahead and you can make it so that it's off there you can go ahead and blur this you can put a mask on it and say I want this to fade off into the background I can put a mask on this how do I fade something like that? I used my grady int and I click on this and I dragged it off there and then it just basically fades the whole thing off into the background and there's my drop shadow so I can kind of make it look like it's parked right there and kind of casting a shadow right on that trying to draw these things is really difficult but creating a drop shadow on this turning it into a layer now you have a drop shadow that's that's exact shape. You can tilt it, move it and manipulated any place that you'd like that's one of my favorite can always do that that is completely editable. Anything is if anything goes wrong you can always just turn off that layer, go right back in here, grab your drop shadow, apply another drop shadow to it and break it apart again because it's never going to run out of drop shadow that's. Kind of nice. Once you do that breakout apart, you have that. There. It is distorted. Put it all the way down there. But wherever you'd like, stretch it all out wonderful ways to create drop shadows.

Class Description

You might know how to add a drop shadow to a layer or add a bevel and emboss to type, but what about more complex layer effects? Join Jason Hoppe for Layer Effects and advance your Photoshop layering skills.

The tips, tricks, and tools you learn in this course will help you create water droplets, gold embossed type, and ghost drop shadows. You’ll also explore troubleshooting strategies for removing background from logos and scaling layer effects when images change size. By the end of this course, you’ll be layering like a pro.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2


nancy marckus

Jason's teaching style is staight forward and easy to understand. My first, but not going to be my last, course with Jason.