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Coastal Breeze > Techniques

Techniques

Hand-painting an entire design isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, of course, but some of the painting techniques used in Coastal Breeze can be valuable for moregeneral touch-ups as well. Enhancing existing artwork or adding visual interest is simple with a bit of knowledge under your belt. The following techniques are written with Adobe Photoshop in mind. Since the tools necessary to reproduce them are common across many design packages, you should be able to re-create the following methods with your image editor of choice.

Using Brushes and Transforms

The glass shards in the top-right corner cast shadows, complete with transparency, as if the sun were shining through them (FIGURE 2). This effect takes a bit more work than simply applying a drop shadow layer effect in Photoshop, but not much more. A reasonably good-looking cast shadow begins by duplicating the foreground shape (choose Layer > Duplicate Layer), a glass marble in this example. Duplicate it below the original and fill it with a solid color. With the help of the Free Transform command (Edit > Free Transform), which allows you to grow, shrink, rotate, and skew a shape, the shadow was vertically compressed and skewed to the left and a blur was applied to soften the hard edge (FIGURE 3).


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