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Shadowing in Adobe Photoshop for Digital Scrapbookers

with Traci Reed

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About The Class

add depth and perspective.

Learn how to create more polished and photorealistic scrapbook layouts with Traci Reed in Shadowing in Adob® 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.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Why You Should Scrapbook Digitally

  2. 02

    The Scrapbooking Journey

  3. 03

    Shadows & Behind Your Scrapbook in Adobe® Photoshop®

  4. 04

    The Anatomy of Shadows in Adobe® Photoshop®

    Explore how shadows work in real life so you can create more believable shadows in Adobe® Photoshop®.

  5. 05

    Shadowing Paper & Flat Objects

  6. 06

    Applying Layer Styles to Your Page

  7. 07

    Realistic Flat Object Shadowing

  8. 08

    Recoloring Shadows in Adobe® Photoshop®

  9. 09

    Extraction with the Pen Tool

  10. 10

    Building the Layout with Extracted Images

  11. 11

    Warping with the Smudge Tool in Adobe® Photoshop®

  12. 12

    Distort Shadows with Wavelength

  13. 13

    Making an Action in Adobe® Photoshop®

  14. 14

    Warp Shadows with Transform Tool

  15. 15

    Warp Shadows with Gradient Tool

  16. 16

    Intro to the Adobe® Photoshop® Puppet Warp Tool

  17. 17

    Creating Effective Inner Shadows in Adobe® Photoshop®


Meet Your Expert

Traci Reed

Traci Reed is a veteran in the Digital Scrapbooking world with over 10 years of experience in Photoshop for scrapbooking. She designs product for both digital scrapbookers at Sweet Shoppe Designs and paper scrapbookers through Gossamer Blue and My Mind’s ... read more

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  • pdf Shadow Actions
  • pdf Shadow Styles
  • pdf Shadow Types and Palette
  • psd Shadows Layout 1
  • psd Shadows Layout 2

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  • Diane


    January 2015

    I bought all three of Traci's classes and am very impressed. Even though I consider myself a professional Photoshop user, I learned some great new tips and tricks. Not only that, I found the classes inspiring and it kicked my digital scrapbooking creativity up a few levels. More than worth the money. Easy to watch, inspiring and a great teacher.

  • L. Phillips

    L. Phillips

    January 2015

    This class was fascinating and moved at a good pace. Scrapbookers these days use so many varied Photoshop skills and are some of the most creative thinkers around. I learned so many practical - use it right now! - tricks for shadowing any kind of object and make styles out of them for one-click usability. There's a bit much of the biography section at the front of the class but I felt the usable information was enough to warrant the purchase so I can skip the personal section. Traci is a friendly and clear speaker, and a wealth of knowledge. She should definitely be featured in more advanced scrapbooking classes AND even for creating vector embellishments!

  • Creativelive Student

    January 2015

    Awesome class! WOW, I had no idea about the world of shadowing. I just started digital scrapbooking and knew my layouts were lacking something and now I know what...depth! I definitely feel more confident now in adding shadows to my pages and I have also graduated from Elements to the full version of PS thanks to Traci's suggestion. I am headed now to search for more classes by Traci. Thanks for a great class!

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