with Bret Malley
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 over... READ MORE
lessons: 9 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 26min
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How to Create Realistic Shadows for Composites
with Bret Malley
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. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)
Join Bret as he introduces the class and discusses what will be covered in the lessons that follow. He then jumps into some examples of what is to come.
lesson 2: Soft Shadows: Part 1
Soft shadows can be really fun to paint in, but the first thing you need to do is analyze the scene.
lesson 3: Soft Shadows: Part 2
Building your shadow sandwich you continue to make your shadow look more believable.
lesson 4: Hard Shadows: Part 1
Having more direct light you see much darker shadows.
lesson 5: Hard Shadows: Part 2
Building on the previous lesson, Bret continues to make the shadows look more realistic.
lesson 6: Pen Tool Shadows
Using the Pen Tool, you can create custom shadows in all kinds of shapes.
lesson 7: Reflections
Sometimes a little reflection is needed to help make the composite look realistic.
lesson 8: Natural Terrain
Using basic selection tools you can create custom shadows that match the surrounding terrain.
lesson 9: Conclusion
Join Bret as he wraps up the class with some closing thoughts.
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meet  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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