Photoshop Layers Effects
Example 2: the
With this technique (a little more
complex of the previous) you'll make perspective shadows on
a real objects.
Start with a background and copy
an object from another image, then paste it on your image. Probably
the object will be more larger of the current image. So you
must resize the new layer (where you have pasted the object):
to make this press CTRL/t and then resize the image. To move
the object use Move Tool (press V key) and use cursors keys
to move it.
Here's the current image:
Like in the previous example click
on the background and then make a new layer: this will be the
shadow layer. If you want you can give a name to this layer:
simply make a double click on the layer and enter the name in
the layer box.
Press hold the CTRL key and click
on the Object layer. Press the D key and then ALT + Delete (or
Fill from edit menu).
Now you must distort this layer
and you can do this using Photoshop's Transform features. You
can find this commands under Edit menu in Photoshop 5 or Image
menu in Photoshop 4 - then distort.
Is possible that you should move
the shadow to adapt it to the object layer.
Apply Gaussian Blur filter to the
shadow layer and then change the opacity layer.
Hmm, it could be a good solution
but we can still improve this effect.
A real perspective shadow fades
around the end of its shape. To do this add a layer mask to
the shadow layer. Then use the Gradient tool (multiply mode)
to fade the shadow.
You can get an help to fade the
shadow mask simply changing the opacity value in the gradient
I've used first 100, and for the
last step I've used 50.
And here's the image: