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2. Shadows and Light > 2.2. Creating a Simple Shadow

Creating a Simple Shadow

Let’s start our shadow work by creating a basic shadow for some strawberries. Our unretouched image, Figure 2-9, is a good example; most shadows I am asked to create are this type of simple basic shadow. Having said that though, one must pay special attention to the shape, size, and density of the shadow, as such a simple shadow on a stark background will look really out of place if it isn’t correct. Using some basic techniques, we can give these strawberries a realistic shadow, as revealed in Figure 2-10.

Before: Shadowless strawberries in space

Figure 2-9. Before: Shadowless strawberries in space

After: Strawberries with the proper shadow

Figure 2-10. After: Strawberries with the proper shadow

Isolating the Image

To start, we’ll need to isolate the image of the strawberries. If the image is being removed from a background and put on a white or tinted background, I usually crop the image with the pen tool. As you can see in


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