Add Shadows to Image
Now we just need to add the shadows So we're repeating what we did with the rabbit. We click on the Alice group. And then underneath the Alice group is where we want to create the levels adjustment layer. So we actually need to click on the layer below Alice, and, levels, turn that down. So we're taking the light out of the scene and this is our sharp shadow. So we call that sharp shadow, labeling as we go. And invert, so Control + I if you're on a PC, make sure we clicked on there. And Command + I on a MAC, and then painting that sharp shadow in. So zooming up under the feet. Now this one's a little bit different because her foot is coming up off the ground. So, looking at this shadow here we do want sort of a solid shadow underneath her foot here. In the same way that we painted in the rabbit's. But here, there is a little bit of distance between her foot and the ground. So it softens off at the back, it's not as dark as down below where it's really close. So you imagine, you've gott...
a actually imagine how the shadow looks. So, I'm always putting my hand on the table and lifting it up and working at how that shadow would look. But that shadow needs to sit like that so it looks like there's that angle in underneath her foot. And then, the soft shadow. So we've got that one. Levels adjustment, bring that slider up to the middle, invert it. Call this one soft shadow. And the same thing as with the rabbit. So we're looking at the rabbit's shadow there. And we're imitating that with Alice's shadow as well. So soft brush, low flow. Make it a bit more obvious to start with and then we turn the opacity down. So more under the feet imagining we can sort of see her dress it's much softer as it comes out here, a bit more distance. Some shadow under there, some shadow under here, softening it off as it gets further away, and then, turning it down. Zooming out to assess, to have a look, I think I wanna turn that one on multiplier mode as well and turn that down, so you're again bringing in that texture of the ground and the color. And, perhaps just a little bit more near the feet. Okay. So, we have a roll. We have our shadows. We have our Alice, our rabbit. We are up to the fun part of painting with light. and bringing in all the color tones.
All right, fantastic. Well, do we have any questions here in the studio? Let me double check again with the folks at home. Let's see. Oh, yes. Just a couple of clarifications for people. You mentioned earlier the setup that you use at home when you're not using the tablet.
Could you just mention that again, and in particular, the monitor--
That you talked about.
I will spell it.
And maybe, spell it. That's exactly what people were wanting to know.
It's, yeah, okay it's pronounced a-zo, but it's actually spelled E-I-zed or Z-O. Yeah, Z-O. And, yeah it's available in only high-end photography stores in Australia, Kayell Australia supply. But that monitor has changed my world. I got it at the start of the year. And, prior to that I was working on the iMac monitor and I was printing. And to try and get my print correct with the color and get it how I wanted it I was wasting a ton of paper. I print on Canson Infinity paper, it's beautiful fine art paper. It's not cheap. And I'm a perfectionist and I was just printing, and obviously for awards you need to get things perfect. And I would have to print, check, change colors, make adjustments, print again. Whereas with this monitor, I can actually see, I have it set so that I can see what it's going to look like on the paper. So, I've actually calibrated it to the paper, so I can see on screen virtually what it's going to look like when it prints. So I'm wasting a lot less paper. I'm printing, and really happy with the prints that come out. So, it's well worth it. It's one of those big monitors that have the sides on them, so it cuts out the light, and it calibrates itself, it pops up every night and calibrates itself, so, it's pretty amazing.