Photoshop Layers Effects
A very important basic thing to
remember is the light source. This will be still more important
when we'll make 3D interfaces.
Look this example:
The shadow here is incorrect. The
light come from the left side and the shadow should be shifted
to the right side.
Look now this image:
Now the shadow is on the right
A last word: try several opacity
values. Many times a hard light give a dark shadow: a soft light
give a soft shadow.
The perspective shadow
There is not a filter in Photoshop
that can make perspective shadows. If you want a plugin to make
this effect you must find a third-party plugin.
As you have read in the example
2 we can make the perspective shadow with the distortions features.
But with the transform commands you should try several times
to get the right distortion. Some times you must use different
Remember that you can add a new
different distortion to the current without apply the current.
Simply start with a distortion and then call another: Photoshop
will add the new to the previous.