Drop Shadows part 2

|by | Inspiration, Tutorials

This tutorial is for Photoshop CS2 & CS3. You need the warp tool.

For s fantastic tutorial for PSE go visit Christine HERE

For creating more realistic shadows where you can make the photo or paper look like it is curling off the page.

STEP 1:

Drag your photo or paper, onto your canvas. I have just used a small paper piece as a example.

STEP 2:

Duplicate it by pressing CTRL+J or go to LAYER —>Duplicate Layer.

Make sure you have the bottom copy selected.

STEP 3:

Then we want to darken it so hit CTRL+U or go to IMAGE—>Adjustments—>Hue/Saturation. I make mine black for this tutorial.

STEP 4:

Now we want to blur it a little. Go to FILTER—>Blur—>Gaussian Blur and choose the right blur for your page.

You’ll come know what is right by playing around. On this small 600×600 canvas I have used 3. But on most full size pages I tend to use 8, 10 or 12.

Now it should look like this:

STEP 5:

Using your arrows keys on the keyboard we want to nudge it a little. To match the angle I tend to use I have gone up and left. Hit up once then left twice.

Then we will warp the shadow. Go to EDIT—>Transform—>Warp.

For this I have dragged the corners out a little. Just play around and try and do it visually.

Then lower the shadow opacity.

I used 60%

ALL DONE!

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ALTERNATIVE:

This is for REALLY curling the photo off the page.

Follow the steps 1- 4. Then instead of warping the shdow we will warp the actual photo/frame/paper.

Make sure you have the top layer selected.

Go to EDIT—>Transform—>Warp and drag the corner up and into the n=middle slightly.

Then I also warp the shadow layer a little.

Lower the opacity again. And even use a little dodge & Burn on the lift.

ALL DONE!

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Installation & Using Styles Tutorial

|by | Inspiration, Tutorials

Ok a step by step on how to use my GLITTER STYLES in Photoshop.

This is also valid for ANY photoshop style like shadows, metals, felt etc…AVAILABLE HERE

CLICK HERE for installation in PSE 4-8 & Other programs

STEP 1:

First up go to WINDOW-STYLES so your styles palette is visible.

STEP2:

Go to load styles by clicking the small lines on the top right hand corner of the styles palette.

STEP3:

Open up anything you want to add glitter to.

STEP 4:

Make sure the element is selected, then click on the icon in the STYLES palette.

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STEP 5:

To adjust the size of the glitter pattern simply double click the thumbnail, then adjust the pattern overlay %. I use 100% for designing. Always stick to 25%, 50% or 100% anything else will be blurry.

On a canvas any less dpi than 300 your glitter may look blurry. So adjust accordingly.

This star is 72 dpi. The style defaulted to 24% and was blurry at 100%.

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At 50% pattern it was perfect.

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Just use your eye and adjust till it looks good for YOU.

STEP 6:

Then open up the sparkles in the read me file and add to your project!

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All done!

tut3

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Drop Shadows

|by | #flergs, Freebies, Tutorials

The shadow settings I most commonly use for scrapping & designing.
These shadows are the ones I use when making clusters for kits & frames and also my previews.
Download free Photoshop shadow styles here.
For photoshop & photoshop elements only.
Designers you can use them for your previews and designs.
Installation & style instructions are HERE
Settings in order small to large.

You can change the angle to suit yourself.

And change the colour to a darker version of whatever paper/element the shadow is sitting on.

*TIP* Use the colour picker to help you.

Adust the opacity of the linear burn for different papers etc…

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