OK, so that pulp character was way before my time! But still a classic line! Cathy here to share this month's digi tip and it is all about shadows! I'm going to share some basic shadowing techniques you can use for digital scrapbooking in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
I'm using Photoshop CS4 in my examples and screenshots. These are all basic tools that are available in earlier versions of PS (and PSE) as well. The PSE screens will look different.
Shadows are a very subjective item in digital scrapping. So everything that I am sharing here is just a starting point. Play with the settings, modify them, nudge them and tweak them. Make the shadows your very own!
To me there is no one set way to do shadows for every item. You'll want to change up the setting for the type of item you're casting a shadow for, the depth of the shadow, as well as the intensity of the paper the shadow is being cast upon.
The default blend mode in Photoshop is Multiple. You can use this. I prefer Linear Burn. This blend mode is very similar to multiple in that it increases the intensity of the blended image (combining the colors of this layer and the layer beneath it), but with linear burn it does so over the individual color channels of the bottom layer, where as multiple does it for the average color of the bottom layer.
Umm, that was a lot of techno babble, what did she just say? Basically linear burn mode has the same effect as multiple, but linear burn picks up on subtle differences in color of the bottom layer. So if your shadow is being cast on patterned or textured paper, it will produce a variant blend giving your shadow subtle color differences. In other words... extra realism!
Linear burn mode will be quite a bit more intense than multiple, so you;ll want to bring the opacity down to around 40%.
Don't be afraid to step into the Dark Shadows on your next project. OK so that TV series was during my time, and yes I do mean the original. And yes, I'm looking forward to the movie with Johnny Depp! But before that will be available for your viewing pleasure, I'll be back next month with some more advanced shadowing techniques. So until then, have fun playing in the shadows!