Grounding Your Horse On Photoshop - The Shadow - Part 2
 By T W I   •   23rd May 2011   •   6,690 views   •   9 comments
This is part two of my tutorial series on how to ground horses using a shadow. If you would like a quick overview of where to place the shadows and how light or dark to make them, please take a look at part 1, Grounding Your Horse On Photoshop - The Shadow - Part 1

Software: Photoshop Elements | Skill level: Advanced

Duplicate the horse layer. Select the bottom layer. Go to the hue/saturation box (CTRL + U) and making sure the dropdown edit box is on “master”, pull the lightness slider all the way to the left, to -100.

Hit "CTRL + T" on your keyboard to bring up the free transform tool. Right click and box of options should come up. Choose "Distort". We will be using the little boxes, located on the big box that appears, to move the shadow around.

How To add shadows to a horse graphic

Pull the two top boxes on the right and left towards the center, so that the shadow now looks like a plane, with depth instead of just height. Pull the middle boxes on top and bottom inwards, so that the shadow loses some of its length. Click the top middle box again and pull the shadow to either the left or the right, whichever way you want it to face.

If you are having trouble, just check out the image below for visualization.

How To add shadows to a horse graphic

Once you have completed these steps, you can continue to use the distort tool to make minor changes to the shadow’s shape and position. Be sure to adjust it so that the hooves of the shadow are connected to the hooves of the real horse, if needed.

Go to filter - blur - gaussian blur. Put the radius to 4.5 and hit "okay". This reduces the sharpness of the edges.

Pull the layer’s opacity down to whatever you’d like. For real background I recommend to around 45%. For solid background, around 75%.

How To add shadows to a horse graphic
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Aslans Roar  
cool!!!! :)
  55 days ago  •  4,305 views
Nice :) Wish I had Photoshop now........
  54 days ago  •  4,304 views
Emma Watson  
how do u do that like w website or something
  54 days ago  •  4,340 views
T E M P E S T  
that's really cool! You really know your way around Photoshop.
  54 days ago  •  4,503 views
This is great! Thanks.
  53 days ago  •  4,508 views
Golden Juniper  
That is really neat! I wish I could do that.
  51 days ago  •  4,466 views
Carpe Diem  
This is great! :)
  50 days ago  •  4,309 views
I didnt know that!
  Nov 18, 2011  •  4,344 views
vThanks for the post!
  Dec 3, 2011  •  4,359 views
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