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Creating Realistic Shadows In Photoshop

with Jason Hoppe

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About The Class

Shadows are essential for creating scale and establishing the position of an object to provide a realistic feel for an image. Join Jason Hoppe to learn how to make the most of Photoshop's tools to create realistic shadows for any composited image. Learn where to employ a cast shadow or a drop shadow, how to combine the effects, and give objects in composited images convincing context.  

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.1.2

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Floating Object Shadows and Anchored Objects

  2. 02

    Basic Shadows Using a Paint Brush and Layers

  3. 03

    Creating a Mask Layer Drop Shadow

  4. 04

    Using Highlights & Shadows to Create Dimension

  5. 05

    Using Warp and Transform

  6. 06

    Drop Shadow Effect on Real Objects

  7. 07

    Creating a Dimensional Object

  8. 08

    Using Drop Shadow Layer Effect

  9. 09

    Create a Cast Shadow

  10. 10

    Smart Filters & Smart Objects for Faded Blur

  11. 11

    Using Multiply Effect for Highlights & Shadows


Meet Your Expert

Jason Hoppe

An Adobe® Certified Expert and Adobe® Certified Instructor, Jason Hoppe has accrued more than 17 years’ experience in high-end production training, photo retouching, color correction, and creative workflow management. In fact, Jason has been performing high-end electronic production since the ... read more

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  • Creativelive Student

    February 2016

    Loved the basic information Jason provided. Directions were clear and easy to follow. My only suggestion for improving this class would be to demonstrate how to add drop shadow to a person. When you Photoshop a person into a picture how do you make the shadows realistic? Thanks Jason. Now I need to get to work on my shadow practice.

  • Creativelive Student

    March 2016

    I've been struggling with shadows in my fine art portrait work. Jason makes the process easy to understand. I feel like I now know exactly what to do. Highly recommend.

  • RockyinNC

    June 2016

    Wonderful tutorial on shadows, from basic to advanced. A must for anyone doing composites. I got so much out of this class.

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