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Chapter 11. 38 Special: Photographic Spe... > Creating Realistic Shadows - Pg. 324

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Creating Realistic Shadows If you're doing most any type of product photography, chances are the product will wind up being used on a white background. So what if we (and many of us do) shoot the product, put a selection around it, copy the product to its own layer, delete the old background (which is usually kind of a grayish background), and then we add a drop shadow in Photoshop? Well, the problem is that the shadow always looks so "added-later-in-Photoshop." But here's a pro-trick that lets you get the most realistic shadow--the real shadow. Step One: Open the photo to which you want to apply the "real shadow" technique. In this example, the product (a Bose SoundDock for the iPod) is shot against a seamless white background, which looks ©DAVE GALES