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Artistic shadow
Author: Globator
Stylish artistic shadow effect.
Good for photo albums and e-mails.


Original picture:

Artistic shadow adobe photoshop tutorial

Result of this tutorial:

Artistic shadow adobe photoshop tutorial

My best friend BCool gave me his picture for this tutorial. Open your picture in Adobe Photoshop. It should have enough room for the shadow:

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First we should select the figure. Use
Quick mask
for that:

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Double left click on the Quick mask icon to enter it’s options. Make sure you have the same settings:

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Take
Brush tool
and start to select the figure. Now it’s all selected:

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Press Q on your keyboard to exit Quick mask mode. If you have some unselected areas you just go to Quick Mask mode and fix it. If you have selected too much- erase it with Eraser tool.

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Hit Ctrl+J on your keyboard to make a layer copy via cut. Then use
Filter-Artistic-Paint Daubs
Play around with settings until you like the results:

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Your picture should look like this:

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Press Ctrl+J again to make a layer copy via cut. If your layer window is closed, press F7.

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In the layer window click on the first layer with the figure:

And press Ctrl+T on your keyboard. You can see our favorite transformation frame :0) :

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Click on the indicated icon to keep constrain proportions and put 110%:

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Place the bigger image to the best position so it’ll look like a shadow, and hit Enter.

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Image-Adjustments-Desaturate
or press Shift+Ctrl+U:

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Now click on the very first layer:

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And go to
Filter-Sketch-Halftone Pattern:

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Here is my final result. You can add some text or play around with different filters for this effect scheme.

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Good luck! :cool:

Globator

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