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2. Shadows and Light > 2.7. Keeping a Shadow Library

Keeping a Shadow Library

One thing I have found quite useful and a real timesaver is to keep a library of shadows. I keep a few basic shadows on file and repurpose them instead of having to recreate them from scratch each time a new image comes in. This is particularly useful for car images, but you may find other uses for them. I usually keep them as a fairly large file, but the nice thing about a shadow is that it can be resized quite considerably, 200% or more, and the image doesn’t really degrade all that much. Add a slight Gaussian blur and a little noise to it, and you’re back in business.

A shadow under an object that has been restricted by a crop mask can’t be repurposed easily

Figure 2-53. A shadow under an object that has been restricted by a crop mask can’t be repurposed easily

A shadow under an object that has not been restricted by a crop mask can be altered more easily for a different use

Figure 2-54. A shadow under an object that has not been restricted by a crop mask can be altered more easily for a different use


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