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Old Jul 9, 2005, 8:32 AM   #1
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This was a nice bike parked at Destin Beach. The parking lot really took away from the shot so I added my own background and shadow. Nothing special I just like the bike itself.








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Old Jul 9, 2005, 9:30 AM   #2
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Nicely done. I like these shots a lot. The shadow effect makes it for #1 and #2. I'll have to try it with some of my car photos.

What software did you use?

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Old Jul 14, 2005, 6:44 AM   #3
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Thanks Walter..

I used photoshop.
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Old Jul 14, 2005, 8:43 AM   #4
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How is this done????
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awesome shots there mate, im also asking how u do the shadows so well?

Did you just crop out the bike and use the drop shadow options or do you have a differnt filter add on

Very nice shots mate
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Old Sep 24, 2005, 7:49 AM   #6
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Sorry about the long delay on replying.

First you delete the original background. That just takes time. After that the main subject is all the is left.

You duplicate that layer and then fill the new layer with black, preserving transparency so all that is filled are actual pixels. So in this case I now have a silhouette of a the bike in black.

Now using that layer go to filter, blur, gaussian blur and adjust the settings you suite your taste (around 3 - 6).

On the same layer choose edit, transform and distort the layer to make the shadow appear to be stretched out on the ground.

Duplicate the shadow layer you just created. Use gaussian blur again but add higher values (between 5-10).

This step blends the two shadow layers and will make the shadow appear softer as it gets farther away from the subject. Choose the top shadow layer again and add a layer mask. Use the gradient tool and drag it from left to right or right to left depending on the orientation of the shadow. You may even need to drag diagonally if the shadow moves away or towards you.

Set the mode of each shadow layer to multiply. One the top shadow layer set the transparency to around 50% and the bottom to around 30%. Mess with these numbers until the shadow looks the way you want it.

I can do better than the shadows shown. These were done kinda quick and I left out the gradient step that makes the shadow softer as its farther away from the subject. If I can find the tutorial on it I will post it here.

If you have any questions just ask.
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Old Sep 25, 2005, 7:06 AM   #7
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awesome mate, nice little trick there

the images look awesome,

hey u cldnt post an un-edited image cldya wth the bike in the orig back drop

thx again

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Old Sep 25, 2005, 11:55 AM   #8
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awesome mate, nice little trick there

the images look awesome,

hey u cldnt post an un-edited image cldya wth the bike in the orig back drop

thx again

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No problem. Here are a couple.



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Old Sep 26, 2005, 7:07 AM   #9
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I'm clapping, & thanks for the info



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