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Ghost Shadow with Custom Shapes Tutorial

By Thursday, December 13, 2018 (MST) 4 Comments

Creative Team Member, Barbara, shares her  process for Ghost Shadow with Custom Shapes Tutorial.

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.

Ghost Shadow with Custom Shapes Tutorial

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.

Ghost Shadow with Custom Shapes Tutorial

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%.

Ghost Shadow with Custom Shapes Tutorial

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.

Using Multiple FotoBlendz Layers4. Embellishment

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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Lindy Krickbaum

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