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Offline PapaSue

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Creating a Cast Shadow
« on: September 16, 2011, 09:17:03 AM »
Both Carolyns asked how I created the cast shadow for the Victorian Man.  Here's what I did.

I played around with doing it and it didn't work.  So I went outside and stood in my yard with the sun to my back and looked at my shadow. I saw that the shadow I cast touched my feet.  DUH?  I have no talent at perspective so this helped me see where the shadow should attach.

Duplicate the original.
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Drag the center point marker + sign down to the center bottom of the image.

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Rotate the duplicate until the shadow attaches to the feet. (DH said I should have cut off the shoes of the shadow to make it fit nicely, and he's probably right, again).

Keep going until it looks right, consider where the lamp is and you want to be almost a diagonal angle to the light source.

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I chose "greys" from the color pallette and played with them until I found the color of grey I wanted.  Then used "blur" from the objects/fill/stroke to blur it a bit.

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From then on it was playing with color and gradients.
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Re: Creating a Cast Shadow
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2011, 05:52:04 PM »
Thanks for the tutorial Susan, it look easy enough to achieve. Good thinking going outdoors and looking at your own shadow.
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Re: Creating a Cast Shadow
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2011, 08:29:32 PM »
Thank you....showing it the way u did helps me get the perspective...and I didn't think about cutting the feet off....


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Re: Creating a Cast Shadow
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2011, 09:12:41 PM »
oopsie, did you notice that I didn not say to flip the image horizontal.. I added it above. I didn't do it in the example and noticed it wu reading Carl'scomment.
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Re: Creating a Cast Shadow
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2011, 12:07:49 AM »
LOL, sounds like something I would do. I didn't notice.
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Re: Creating a Cast Shadow
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2011, 10:58:38 AM »
Found this very useful tutorial on how to do cast shadow.  It solves my problem of a shadow behind and up a wall.  Check it out.

http://art.vinayraikar.com/2007/11/illu ... scape.html
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Re: Creating a Cast Shadow
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2011, 07:06:48 AM »
I never even noticed that blur there under fill and stroke. Love how ya learn something new every day, especially on this forum. Thanks for another informative tute, Sue!
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Re: Creating a Cast Shadow
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2011, 02:35:38 PM »
Thank Kay, if you convert it to a stamp let me know, I was going to try it myself but still don't have the stamp making machine.
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Re: Creating a Cast Shadow
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2011, 06:38:22 PM »
Thanks Papasue. Here's an example of a drop shadow I used in an illustration for my latest blog post. I shortened the shadow to make it look like the light was coming more from overhead.

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Re: Creating a Cast Shadow
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2011, 06:57:03 PM »
Laurianne, what an absolutely delightful image.  I'm so happy the cast shadow added some value to it.
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