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3 easy shadow techniques to enhance your images

Inside Photoshop

by Amy Palermo

Legend has it that every February 2nd the groundhog comes out of his burrow, and if he sees his shadow he fearfully retreats back in-giving us six more weeks of winter. Thankfully, you don’t have to fear shadows in Photoshop-or the groundhog’s lousy prognostications. Instead, embrace these three amazingly easy techniques when working with shadows, and you’ll both give your images a dramatic boost and gain greater flexibility when editing your images.

#1: Inner Shadow Vignette

The Inner Shadow layer style is popular for text effects, but it has some other hidden talents as well. Specifically, you can create an amazingly quick and easy vignette with this handy layer style. A vignette is a photographic technique where the image fades into the background. With the Inner Shadow layer style you can create an easy vignette with a fade to black, giving your image a dramatic border and drawing your eye to the primary focal point, in this case, an image of a bird.

To create a vignette with an Inner Shadow:

  1. Open the file bird.psd, as shown inĀ Figure A, or open another image with which to work.
  2. Double-click on the layer and click OK in the resulting dialog box to unlock it.
  3. Click[…]

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