Step-Up Your Shadows in Photoshop

by Erin Weed

Although this looks pretty good, you can take your shadows a step further by separating your shadow onto a layer of its own. (Layer>layer style>create layer) On Wendy's layout above, you can see how the shadow isn't a uniform distance from the bow. Once the shadow is on its own layer, you'll be able to push the shadow away from the bow using the smudge tool.


Simply push the shadow layer away from the loops of the bow, and the tails, and you'll create a very realistic shadow. Creating shadows is more of an art than a science, so don't be afraid to try new settings or techniques!

For more techniques and tips, check out the May/June 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.


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Narrow Your Photos: Photoshop Tutorial and Template

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