- Table of Contents
- Photoshop CS3, CS4, and Lightroom
- Editing Photos
- Creating Special Effects
- Color Correcting Images
- Retouching People and Portraits
- Showing Off Your Work
- Managing Your Images
- Creating a Better Workflow
- Using Photoshop with the Creative Suite
- Video Tutorials
- Additional Resources
- What is Photoshop?
- Basics and Setup
- Color Management
- Paths and Shapes
- Painting and Brushes
- Color and Value
- Restoring, Manipulating, and Compositing
- Saving and Exporting
- Actions and Automation
- Building Web Graphics With ImageReady
- Working With Adobe Version Cue
- Cool, Quick Effects
Create a Cast Shadow
Last updated Mar 14, 2003.
Unless you’re Peter Pan, you can’t escape your shadow—it’s always with you.
In order to create graphics that look realistic, you need to give them shadows, just as they’d have in real life.
Photoshop’s Layer Style dialog offers a Drop Shadow option that will automatically add a shadow behind any image you apply it to. The problem is that the tool assumes the image you’re working on is lying right on top of a flat surface. But, what about when it’s not? What do you do if you’re creating a graphic with a different perspective?
That’s where knowing how to create a cast shadow comes in handy. In the short video tutorial below, I’ll show you how to add a realistic shadow in Photoshop that can work for any type of graphic.