How to Make a Long Vector Hard Shadow in Photoshop
Hi there this video. We're going to create the cast kind of long shadow that we see very popular in ui design at the moment, google used it for a long time. Normally this is where I say it's super easy but it's not it's super manual labor. I'll show you why now. All right to get started. We're going to use just a new document filing. You we're gonna make this one smallish. We're going to make it By 1000 pixels and we're going to click create. I'm going to pick a background color just from my swatches up here. You can mix any color you like. So I picked it and I'm going to go to edit and I'm going to go to Phil and because I've got my background layer and I've got foreground color selected. Let's click OK. Alright. So we're gonna bring in some we've used it earlier on. We're gonna go file place embedded because it's victor stuff from illustrator. Anything from illustrator. Use the file place embedded, retains all its coordinates and math and vector nous. You can just open it and copy a...
nd paste it. But that's not true. Smart object goodness. So in your exercise files, there's one in here called 15 Shadows. Open that up and we're gonna use shoe the ai that's adobe illustrator. You can do with anything we're going to do it with this image and then click OK. You can do with anything like it doesn't have to be issue, it can be text. Okay. I struck it down a little bit and hits return my little higher there. So first up we need to select the shoe, we're gonna use our quick selection tool and I'm just gonna kind of drag a body. I'm just gonna drag around grab all this stuff. You could select the background and invert it. That would be faster. But there we go. It's a nice easy selection because it is such a clean and crisp image. Now it's time for the confession. Okay now I can't find or think of a better way than doing this. This is a little bit manual labor a little bit if though you're watching this and you're like, hey why doesn't he just do it this way? I'd love to know I can't find it. I can't figure it out this way it works. It's fine. But it's just there's a little bit of mashing of keys which is fine. So we're going to create a new layer. We're gonna call it shadow shadow. And I'm gonna fill it with black. So I'm gonna go to edit. Let's fill it with black. Full contents. I'm gonna pick black click OK? And I'm going to go to select de select. Okay, so this is the phase one. I'm gonna put it just underneath my shoe and I'm going to now start the button mashing. So on a pc hold down your key on your keyboard. If you're on a Mac look down and grab your option key and just make sure you're on the move tool it won't work otherwise. So are you ready for keyboard mashing down arrow, right arrow down A writer and a writer. You can start to see it's coming out like a drop shadow. What it's really doing is it's actually just duplicating the layer that we had selected every time because we're holding down that special key which is option on the Mac on a pc. Don't worry, we're gonna have like one billion layers when we're finished so keep holding the key down, I can't remember what was the last thing I did, was it down or across? Probably across. So down across down across down across, down across, down across, down across. Yes, you're gonna go mad. So what I'll do is I'll get us to speed it up and I'm going to go down across down across down across loads of times. Ready go alright, I'm back then I got bored of that, I'm gonna show you a little trick to speed it up. Okay? Um so what I'm gonna do is I'm going to select this top one, I'm going to scroll all the way down to the bottom to my first shadow. There he is there, hold shift and click this last one and then I'm going to write like any of them and say merge these layers please. So now there are at least one chunk so now what I can do is I can duplicate it, I'm not worried about the layer. Names, I got two of them and I can drag it out and kind of use my arrow keys to tap it into position. So I'm I'm kind of cheating if you know I'm double down doubling down. Cool. So I'm gonna select both of these. Now merge layers. Same thing again, I'm gonna duplicate and use them a little shortcut, drag it down to my little turned up page and then get my arrow keys and line it up. I probably just need I need a couple more so I'm starting to use shortcuts now. Okay, the shortcut to merge layers is I will tell you in a second got lined up. It's like both of them. It is command E on a Mac control E on a Pc Should be the last one duplicated. You're like, this is painful. Then there's gonna be a better way. I wish there probably is. I'm just I just can't work it out and I can't find anybody else that knows you could be my savior and I could rerecord this video. Okay, so now join them all up. I got this long shadow. I'm just gonna lower the opacity of it down to look more like that kind of victor stretched out logo. You know like why didn't I just draw lines off it and fill it with the pen tool. I guess pencils bit out of the scope of this intro course, but if you are a pen tool master, you can do it. The only trouble with it is when you have like internal compound shapes, it's hard to know what to do there. I find this technique just works good every time for that kind of long cast, google shadow. Right That is it for downing and writing one zillion times. Ah sorry for that. Let's get on to the next video where there's less manual labor.