Week 3- Technical Section (Background Shadow and Object’s Shadow)

Tips from the beginning of the lesson

  • To maintain the quality of the work, we should set up the right size (A1 size: 840mm X 594mm) on the base/blank document.
  • Resolution should set for 230Pixels to reduce the size of the document. Because when we start to adding elements on it, the size will increase quickly and it will slow down of our computer.
  • If I want to scale (Widening and narrow) an element on the base, I can create a special layer to avoid losing the pixels; a smart object layer by clicking on the image + [Ctrl] or select the layer, choose Filter > Convert For Smart Filters; this can keep the pixels and quality of the image, but can’t edit and paint on it. To disable the smart layer, select the layer, choose Rasterize.

In order to make the girl be more match with the scene and have a sense of reality with the background, I will need to add shadows on the background to give a better sense of light. By understanding the light in the scene, ‘photographer eyes’ is very important when doing this.

Firstly, create a new layer for applying the shadow, then use a brush (Black & transparence brush with very low opacity and 50% Flow) to dark things, the book. It is very important to use a low opacity brush to paint on the shadow to avoid showing an obvious demarcation line on the image.

Apply shadow: Before and after

Then is to apply shadows on the girl by creating another layer. In order to only do shadow and shading within the girl, I will need to do ‘Layer Clipping group’ by put the arrow between the two layers I want to clip on + hold on the [Alt], a logo will appear (like the image above), and click on the image before painting into the mask.

Before and after. Apply shadow on the girl to create a sense of reality, especially on the edges and creases on the dress.

I also add an adjustment layers to remove the purple and green color fringing around the edges of the shoes.

A big different of before and after when shadows applied on the image

Various adjustment layers with masks have been added to make changes to brightness/contrast/color balance in various areas of the picture. Some are very subtle, some more obvious.

Before and after
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