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How to Create Shadows - Photoshop
Hey you guys, Gerry Button here for Iceberg Creativity, and as with my last tutorial this one is going to show you how to use some cool effects and image adjustments within Photoshop you may not have used before.
We’re going to be focusing on shadows and highlights in this tutorial. We’re going to use them to enhance an image using a basic image adjustment and a photo filter. A sharpen filter no less and after this tutorial I’m confident you will know how to enhance great images using some simple effects. What we’re going to do today is take this image and enhance it to look like this.
Now, if you’re not happy with this outcome that’s okay. This is just to show you how you can achieve some great enhancement effects with shadows and highlights. Are you ready? Let’s get started.
Begin by opening up your image in Photoshop that you would like to use. I’m just going to do drag to the dot on top of the icon. And now since my image is too big, I first had to resize it. Any size will do if it’s smaller enough for you to work with, there we go. And I’m going to double click my magnifying glass icon over here to make it the actual size of the cameras or rather it’s full pixels.
Now once again, we’re going to be using a tool that not many people might be familiar with but I would say more than a few of you have tried to use at least once or twice. I know I have and I have enjoyed it very much and that’s the shadows and highlight tools. So go to image, choose adjustments and go down to shadow and highlight. When the dialog pops out, you’ve met with a pretty basic box on how to edit your image.
We’re going to change this so it brings out the advance options and really give your image a nice look. To do this, all I need to do is check this show more options box right here and many more options will appear for you to edit your image. Now as with my legend this is not really straight forward. If you’re doing this for the first time, you probably have no idea what all this do but it’s actually pretty easy to grasp what they do.
So now I’m going to walk you through easy on how to enhance your image with just few small adjustments to these values. Were going to start to by adjusting the shadows, now it’s pretty straight forward on what’s going to happen, if you decrease the amount more shadows will appear in your image. If you increase it you remove the shadows.
Now, I want to make the shadows look more apparent in the image so I’m going to bring it down to an amount on about of about 30%. This will make the shadows subtle but not to overpowering. The total width only needs to be adjusted slightly so bring it up to about 60% to get the image a bit more fill. Now the radius is quite low but we don’t need to increase it very much to get any kind of drastic change. So I’m going to bring the various up to about 70 pixels. Now we move on to the highlights.
Once again adjusting the side or the value will either increase or decrease the amount of highlight of an image. Right now, it’s at zero so if we increase this a little bit you can see that the image starts to get darker and if you bring it right to 100 all the highlights from our beautiful image is gone. We don’t want this, so what we’re going to do is we’re going to use about a 65% value. We’re going to bring the total width down to about 35% and the radius up to about 85%. These will even things out nicely. Now we move on to final steps.
The color and the mid-tone contrast adjustments. These are pretty straight forward and pretty quick. You don’t really need to play with this a lot, but if you want to you can just try it out. I want to increase my color creation right up to 100% until we get a nice vibrancy in our colors. And our mid-tone contrast, I’m going to give about positive 40 so just enter 40 and it should automatically bring it up to positive.
You can play with black and white clip if you wish but I like to leave them alone and then just simply click okay. Looking at your image now from the original, it looks pretty nice but we still have a bit left to do if you want to fully just give it a really nice look for the web, and we’re going to do this using a filter in the list.
So go to filter and then go to sharpen and instead of using the normal sharpen, go to smart sharpen. Now, this is a pretty advanced version of the sharpen. There is a lot more options here and even more can be revealed. So we’re actually going to use the advanced options to enhance our image. So to bring up the advanced options or reveal them in the dialog box, all you need to do is take the advance icon right here, and you’ll notice all tabs will appear with the original default options here originally.
Now with the sharpen amount all I want to do is bring it down, so I’m going to bring it down to a value of about 50-60 is good. I like a happy middle median so I only use 55 and then the radius is a bit low. We want to bring that up, so we’re going to use 12 pixels and now you can see a nice effect on our image but we don’t want to use a Gaussian blur we want to use the lens blur.
And the last option we’re going to be adjusting here is the more accurate button right here. So just take that and then a little smart effect the image more. It will affect the image more smart link will say.
Now we move on to the shadows tab. Does this look familiar? It should, so we’re going to use pretty much close the same steps as we did last time but not fully. For the fade amount use about 20%, for the toner width bring that one up to about 75%, and the radius you can live that at one pixel. That’s fine.
Go to your highlight tabs now and adjust the saved amount to about 30-40%. I’m going to use 30 for this tutorial. The total width once again increase that to around 75-80. I want to use 70, and the radius, bring that up to about 35 pixels and then you're done, just click okay. And the filter is applied to your image. If in the end you feel that the filter you applied which is the smart sharpen was too bold on your image you can easily fade it out.
All you need to do is go to edit and choose fade smart sharpen. This is something I use a lot and will be using in my future tutorials. So I suggest you make friends with this. I might actually get a full tutorial to this. So you can see in here my image that the filter has been applied full force and I want to take it down a little bit. So I’m going to bring it down to about 60 and as you can see the filters effects has faded out just a little bit but the image still looks great and now it looks even better.
Well, guys. That’s all for this tutorial. I hope you might have learned a few new effects and tricks out here and there. These tutorials I’m doing right now are much different than the other ones. I’m not actually showing how to make something. I’m just showing you tools you can use to improve the quality of your images. Thanks for watching and look forward to greater tutorials.