Target the Penguins layer and make it visible. From the Layers palette menu, choose Duplicate Layer;
Drag the Shadow layer
Check the Lock Transparency icon (see Figure H8.6). Choose black as the foreground
Figure H8.6: Layers palette with Lock Transparency icon
Choose Edit ’ Transform ’ Distort. Distort the marquee so that the contents of the Shadow layer appear to lie on the ground, as in Figure H8.7. You might have to play with this a little to get it to look convincing. After you re satisfied, press the Return/Enter key.
Figure H8.7: Distorting the penguins shadows
Choose Filter ’ Blur ’ Gaussian Blur (see Figure H8.8). Drag the slider to 2.3 to soften the edges of the shadow. Click OK.
Figure H8.8: Gaussian Blur dialog box
Change the layer to Multiply Blend mode. Move the Opacity slider on the Shadow layer to 40% to make it semitransparent, so that it rests on the ground texture.
Save your work.
You can use this same shadow technique to create shadows for the flamingo, the parrot, and the
Open the file Flamingo.psd from the HO8 folder on the CD.
Choose the Magnetic Lasso tool . Drag around the edge of the flamingo, as in Figure H8.9, until you ve selected it.
Figure H8.9: Selecting the flamingo with the Magnetic Lasso
Choose the Move tool and drag the flamingo onto the hotel image.
The flamingo is too large, so reduce its
Figure H8.10: Width and Height fields
Click the chain icon between the Width and Height fields to constrain the proportion of the flamingo. Enter 50% in the Width field. Click the Commit (check mark) icon on the Options bar to confirm the transformation.
Move the flamingo to the second row of
Choose Layer ’ Matting ’ Defringe to eliminate the edge pixels. Enter 2 pixels in the dialog box and click OK (see Figure H8.11).
Figure H8.11: Defringe dialog box
Choose the Eraser tool and erase the bottom part of the flamingo so that it looks as though its neck is
Figure H8.12: The flamingo and the cast shadow
To enhance the effect, use the Burn tool to
To further enhance the image, use the cast shadow technique to create a shadow for the flamingo.
Save your work.