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2. Shadows and Light > 2.3. Creating Shadows for Complex Objects

Creating Shadows for Complex Objects

Before: a picture of a lonely tree

Figure 2-27. Before: a picture of a lonely tree

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Normally, I would start a project like this by making a mask of the object. Masks will be covered in a later chapter, so for now, we’ll assume that the tree has been cropped out.

After: tree in its new environment with proper shadow

Figure 2-28. After: tree in its new environment with proper shadow

Creating a shadow for a complex object is a little more involved than the freehand shading we’ve done so far. In this section, we’ll create a shadow for a more intricate object, the complex tree shown in Figure 2-27. By the time we get to the final image, Figure 2-28, we’ll have replanted this tree on a hillside with the proper shadow intact.

First, make a selection of the tree and create a new multiplied shadow layer. On the new multiplied layer, fill the selection with a 98% black, as I’ve done in Figure 2-29.


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