Ghost Shadow with Custom Shapes Tutorial
Different ideas come to me while working on a page and I go for it to see what happens.
They don’t always work out and it goes into the trash and I start over again.
However, I do make a note of it so I don’t forget, because the idea might work on another page.
With this layout I wanted to suggest stepping into a portal of discovery when we experience a wondrous Epiphany in our lives.
1. Establish a Foundation
The base of my page is Artsy Paper #2 from ArtPlay Palette Epiphany.
- Layer or stack 2 masks from FotoBlendz Overlays No. 11
- Clip copies of the photos to each FotoBlendz using the Clipping Mask function in Adobe Photoshop or Elements.
- Duplicate the top photo Clipping Set and apply a Pin Light Blending Mode
- The Blending Mode of the bottom FotoBlendz mask is left on Normal, and the top mask is set to Linear Burn.
2. Create a Portal
Create a custom shape using 2 of the Shape Tools available in Adobe Photoshop and Elements.
- Create a New File at 12 x 12 inches 300DPI.
- Use the Rectangle Shape Tool to create a rectangle shape at preferred size.
- Create an ellipse shape using the Ellipse Shape Tool that fits the width of the rectangle.
- Merge the 2 layers together by selecting the layers in the Layers Panel and go to Layer> Merge Layers.
- Add a 90º Inner Shadow Layer Style to the merged shape.
- The Distance of the shadow is 35%, Choke 21%, Size 35% and Opacity set at 73%.
3. Duplicate and Blend
Create the Ghost Shadow Effect.
- Position and resize the shape on the page.
- Duplicate the custom shape 2 more times, and make each copy smaller.
- Clip a copy of the photo to each of the custom shape layers.
- Press the Option (ALT) key while clicking on the thumbnail in the Layers Panel and moving each photo copy above the shape layer.
- Apply a Screen Blending Mode to each of the shape layers, leaving the photo layers on Normal Blending Mode.
- You can also reduce the Opacity of each shape layer to give the impression of depth.
Complete your digital artistry layout.
- Add visual interest using Brushes and dimensional elements.
- Try this technique with different shapes, Transfers/Overlays and dimensional elements.
I hope you give it a go yourself – Use your imagination to make it your own.
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