December 6, 2022


Editing Photography, Videos and 3D by Rich the Renegade

How to Create Shadows from Scratch in Photoshop!

2 min read

Discover how to easily create natural shadows using the Layer Technique in Photoshop! In this tutorial, we will use the concept of shadow hardness and intensity to paint a shadow layer by layer. Using Opacity and Blur Gallery filter as powerful tools in our arsenal we will make sure that the shadow maintains a smooth and natural gradient.

This lesson will cover the concept of how a shadow is constructed, followed by using fundamental tools like Layers, Opacity, Field Blur, and Tilt Shift, to simulate a real shadow. We will also learn a unique trick where we use grain to make the shadow more realistic. I hope you enjoy this video. Thank you so much for watching 🙂

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00:00 Understanding the Layers of Shadows
01:48 Mask and Separate
02:47 Increase the Headroom!
03:11 Layering the Shadows #1
06:11 Layering the Shadows #2
08:11 Layering the Shadows #3
08:53 Layering the Shadows #4
09:50 The Most Important Step!
11:10 Finishing Touches (Optional)
12:33 Trick to Make it Natural
13:47 Recap
14:18 A Quick Improvement!

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