Photoshop Elements: Architectural Shadow?

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How can I make a shadow like "Sekil 3" and "Sekil 4" (less opacity of shadow) in this picture?

P.S. Blending options>Drop shadow makes "Sekil 1"



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Clark Kent

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Ken

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You have two choices:
1. Use a vector drawing program like Illustrator or CorelDraw to quickly create that shadow.
2. Use PSE to manually create several intermediate positions of the object, each on its own layer, then merge the layers to get one layer with that shadow shape.

In PSE:
1. Create a new, empty layer.
2. Paste your object (a square, in this case) onto that layer.
3. Fill your object with black.
4. Use Ctrl+J to duplicate that layer.
5. Hit the down arrow key once and the right arrow key once to nudge the square down and to the right.
6. Keep repeating steps 4-5 untill you have the shadow shape you want.
7. In the Layers Palette, select the top layer of your shadow shape, hold down your Shift key and select the bottom layer of your shadow shape to select all the shadow layers. Right-click on those layers and choose "Merge Layers" to get one layer containing that created shadow shape.

You can then clip a Hue/Saturation layer to the shadow layer to change its lightness, and move the shadow layer beneath a layer containing the original object.

Ken
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First of all, thank you for replying my question, Ken.

I've followed your second suggestion mostly usefull in PSE. I've keeped repeating steps 4-5 to have enough shadow I want and used Gaussian Blur, Blending Options (Inner Glow, Inner Shadow, Gradient Overlay), Opacity, Hue&Saturation filters to make it looks like realistic. And here's the result:

I'm not sure if it needs more work to be look like real architectural drawings. Hoping you'ld make comment.

P.S. So pity that PSE doesn't have a filter to make realistic shadows. Hope this feature will be considered on later versions.

My regards.
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Hi Clark,

It looks very good!

That feature will never be a part of PSE. In fact, I'm not even sure it can be done in the "big" Photoshop. That's an inherent limitation of raster-based images. In vector drawing programs (or 3D drawing programs), it's a piece of cake for the software to calculate the shadows....

Ken