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Chapter 10. Shadows > Four Shadow Types

Four Shadow Types

Ideally, when you want a shadowed image, you'd simply remove the background of the image and leave its shadow. This is possible if you happen to have a solid-colored background. But if the background is complicated, you'll have to resort to reconstructing a shadow that resembles the original. The farther you get from the original shadow, the less realistic the image will appear.

There are many techniques for creating great shadows; the complexity of the image will determine which technique you should use. The following four techniques will cover most all of the shadow situations you might encounter.


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