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Easy Shadows in Photoshop by squidlarkin Easy Shadows in Photoshop by squidlarkin
Whew! :phew: Amazing how something I do in under two minutes can take so long to make into a tutorial. -_-

Helpful Related Tutorials:
How to put your lineart on a transparent layer in Photoshop: [link]
How to put your lineart on a transparent layer in GIMP: [link]
How you're supposed to draw realistic shadows: [link]

Why these shadows aren't realistic:
A quick word about shadows... in reality, they're not going to look like what I've shown you above. I'm bad at explaining some things, but lets give it a shot...

Say that the light is coming from point A and your eyes are at point B. The light is going to come from point A and be blocked by the object, casting a shadow on the ground (or whereever). The shadow on the ground is going to pretty much be the shape of the object as seen from point A. (maybe stretched a bit.) But the shape of the object as seen from point A is not the same shape as seen from point B. Therefore, the shadow should not be the shape as seen from point B. In this tutorial, the shadow is the shape as seen from point B.

Let's take this image as an example:

If you were to outline the child and use that shape for the shadow, you would be able to see both hands. However as you can see, both hands can't be seen in the shadow.

I hope that made sense. ^^; I'm telling you this because I don't want anyone to make shadows like this for a really long time, and then try to move to a realistic style and be ruined forever. :noes:

Other info:
:bulletblue:I'm using Photoshop CS2.
:bulletblue:I just made up the term "general opacity" because I couldn't find what it's actually called, if anything. ^^;
:bulletblue:Romana (those chibis) is property of the BBC (Doctor Who). The chibis that were used can be found in this deviation: [link]
:bulletblue:If anyone wants to translate this into another language, feel free to talk to me about it! I can send you the Photoshop file (or just a file without text) and when you're done you can upload the translated version in your gallery. I just ask that you link back to this version and tell me when you're done so I can link to your version. :aww:
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nette1652 Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
Thank You Very Much
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Naruto-Kun712 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is that frenda and mugino?
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SarehTheLion Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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TheNefariousParagon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I have utilized this tutorial here: [link]
Thanks!
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dqsketch Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Help a lot :)
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petitepurrito Featured By Owner May 13, 2011   Digital Artist
This was so helpful!!
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squidlarkin Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad! Thanks~ :aww:
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SilenceInside-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great tutorial :clap:
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melsr007 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist
COOL !!!!!!!
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KuriChan001 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Very nice
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AdamTLS Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tut! Thanks!
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RickBond Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
bless you
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BrookeJuda Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
omg this was so helpful, thanks! C:
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FoxGirlStephanie Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
this will come in handy I knew i was doing it the hard way. thank you
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squidlarkin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did shadows the hard way for sooo long. :XD: You're welcome! :D
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FoxGirlStephanie Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
^^ I never could figure out how people got theirs to look JUST like the person XD I thought I was lacking the skill. Thanks so much for turning a 20 minute + job into a 5 minutes or less job. It's the little tips that end up being a HUGE help.
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squidlarkin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I always wondered too... I finally decided to ask in the software forum, and was surprised when someone actually had the answer. :XD: I'm glad this helped!
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AniRichie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful! Thanks!!!!
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Heatheru Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Goodness, it never occurred to me that you could use a duplicate of the character, skew it, and apply gradients to it to make a shadow. This makes so much sense, it's not even funny: it's GENIUS!
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squidlarkin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heehee, thanks! :giggle: To be honest, when I first learned about gradient overlay, I applied it to everything I could get away with. :XD:
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Heatheru Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Haha, bravo! Experience is really the best way to learn Photoshop. Thank you for sharing this tutorial!
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squidlarkin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, and thanks for the comment! :D
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Thanks, I am new to photoshop, this is immensly helpful
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squidlarkin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it helpful! :D Good luck with learning more about Photoshop. :aww:
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Momokoi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This help me a lot ! Thank you for sharing
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squidlarkin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad you found it helpful! :D
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ULTRArei Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011   Digital Artist
There's a small typo in the last paragraph of Part 2 (it says "wan" instead of "want")
Other than that, yay!! I'm going to try this out in GIMP :aww: As for links you might want to put in your description:
[link] <--This tutorial is helpful for making scanned line drawings transparent (for GIMP)

Thanks for putting this together!! :hug:
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squidlarkin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I knew I was going to have at least one typo somewhere. =p Thanks for telling me about it!

Whoa, this works in GIMP too? ...I haven't used any art programs other than Photoshop since I was like... 8 or something. :XD: But I'll totally include that link once I fix this up! (Which will probably be tomorrow... I'm feeling lazy right now. ^^; ) Thanks~ :heart:
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