How to Create Realistic Shadows for Composites

Watch How to Create Realistic Shadows for Composites

Realistic shadows are an essential component of a realistic composite. Join Bret Malley to learn how to create custom shadows in a variety of lighting situations from diffused overcast light to hard direct light. In this class Bret demonstrates tips and techniques for creating soft shadows, hard shadows, custom shadows with the Pen Tool, shadows on natural terrain, and finishing touches like realistic reflections to tie it all together. Nothing can ruin a composite faster than a poorly crafted shadow, so it is critical to get them right. watch trailer | watch course

Lesson 1 : Introduction
Lesson 2 : Soft Shadows: Part 1
Lesson 3 : Soft Shadows: Part 2
Lesson 4 : Hard Shadows: Part 1
Lesson 5 : Hard Shadows: Part 2
Lesson 6 : Pen Tool Shadows
Lesson 7 : Reflections
Lesson 8 : Natural Terrain
Lesson 9 : Conclusion

Bret Malley | Imaginative Photographer & Educator

Bret Malley

Bret is an educator and professional photographer specializing in imaginative, surreal, and often magic-enhanced creations. He is the author of Adobe Master Class: Advanced Compositing in Adobe Photoshop CC and his work has been featured in publications such as Advanced Photoshop, Photoshop Creative, and Photography is Art magazines. He is a full-time college professor teaching classes on photography, design, motion graphics, and Adobe Photoshop.

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