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Questions about adding the impression of a 3D effect by adding shadows to 2D objects.

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How can I remove SUN light/shadow with Photoshop?

There is this image. As you can see, top half is brightened by suns light, other half has shadow cast on it. I would like to make both parts same so it looks like there is no shadow. Is there any way ...
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How to make double drop shadow in Illustrator?

I want to make something like this artwork. I tried using gradient, but it look so ugly and flat. How to achieve such shadow in Illustrator?
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How exactly do blend modes work?

I've done some homework Googling but I'm still confused as to how exactly blend modes work. So according to Wikipedia, this post and this post, the way blend modes work is to use various formulas on ...
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How to extract the shadows from this image and make the white transparent?

I would like to make a template using this image and make multiple outputs with different textured images as a clipping mask. I tried recreating it using inner shadows but was not successful (I'm a ...
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Shadow inconsistent in Material Design Guide

I have a problem with the material-design guideline. Some references about elevation/shadow seem inconsistent to me: At one point (https://material.io/design/environment/elevation.html#elevation-in-...
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Black highlights and shadows?

I'm trying to do a Graphic Design of some blocks using a certain color palette. The way I did the highlight and shadow colors is to multiply the colors by 2 and 0.5 respectively, clipping if needed. ...
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How to effectively create material elevation in mainly Inkscape or Illustrator?

How to create the material design elevation shadow in Inkscape mainly? Or alternatively in Illustrator? I have imitated the elevation shadow in Inkscape with the following settings: There are ...
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Add shadow to a frame on a background

Let's say I want to add this photography + frame on this background. It will look "very copy/pasted". How to add (with Photoshop) the shadow that would normally be produced by the frame on the 4 ...
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How can I precisely replicate this text shadow effect? [closed]

I want to be able to start with the raw white text (font is bank gothic) and replicate the shadow effect pixel for pixel (or as closely as possible). I have tried many different blur effects in GIMP ...
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How to create a realistic shadow like in this image below? Super Realistic one

I want to create a realistic shadow effect to my products like in this image. Original: The problem is I can't understand the process of creating this kind of shadow from layer structure. The layer ...
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Outdoor light simulation program

For a project I want to model a outdoor light scene. Therefore I'm looking for an easy way to produce basic 3D objects and simulate sunlight over the day. Thus program should be able to: Create ...
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AI How to make such effect of inner depth

How can create effect of inner depth like on the picture?
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How to achieve half tone effect

I'd like to use this sort of a half tone effect on shadows shown in this image. How is this achieved?
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Lifted corner effect in Powerpoint

How to create a lifted corner effect on a box in Powerpoint? I want to achieve the "effect 2" result as in this link.
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How to apply a shadow to group of objects without merging in Photoshop?

I have two objects, both on seperate layers. I want to apply a shadow behind both, when I apply a style to a group or selected layers it applies it to both. I don't want to have to merge the layers ...
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how to improve the highlights and shadows for project

I'm not yet confortable to use highlights and shadows to give texture, so I wanted to ask how can I improve the texture of the character ?, does the effects make sense ? are at the right place ? ...
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Can you export drop shadows, etc, to PSD and maintain transparency?

I'm really new to Adobe Illustrator and I've looked around here and while some posts show that it's possible, I'm not able to replicate what they're doing. I have a logo in Ai that I would like to ...
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What is this kind of effect called and how can I learn it?

I really want to learn how to do these sort of illustrations but don't know what the effect is called in order to search on the internet and find out more. I am sharing an image below of the effect, ...
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Illustrator - Minus Front command gives no results error

I am creating an icon and to apply shadow I am using the method to create similar overlapping layer, shifting one layer a little bit, selecting both of them and using the Minus Front error. For the ...
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Can you convert blend to simple vector shape?

I am finishing graphics for my settlement plan and I am having some issues with shadows. Basicly all I wanna do is just move objects about 4 meters in 45° angle. Is there a way to make a "step" free ...
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how to create 3D png image in photoshop?

What i am looking to make is a image like the attached one in which if i add a background colour to the image it will turn into a full image with 3d shades. I am using Photoshop cs6. Is there any ...
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Inkscape: how to draw good looking wires / cables (creating shaded / patterned paths?)

I'm trying to create a "3d shaded look" for drawing cables and wires with a plastic coating on them. I think this can be achieved by drawing a path and shading the edges of the path to be darker than ...
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Illustrator: how to add isometric shadows

I´ve been wondering how to do this kind of shadows (image below) as real as possible. Is there any technique to apply? I did search for tutorials but unfortunately I couldn´t find anything on this ...
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Shadow Effect On Photoshop

I'm working on press project that needs to trace almost exact with the picture attached and will save it as Bitmap later. From what I know, there are 3 layers: gradient background, metal texture, ...
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Shadow changes after reopening Illustrator file

ok, this is really weird. I downloaded an illustration (as an AI file) from Freepik. When I copy-paste this to my file, all the shadows you see here look good: Then I saved the file and closed it. ...
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How to easily determine shadows and highlights of objects?

If there is one thing I'm extremely bad at, it's that I am bad at determining and visualizing where shadows and highlights would go on an object I made in Illustrator that I want to make 3D or create ...
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How do I remove the white background and keep the shadows with a transparent background?

How do I remove the white background and keep the shadows with a transparent background?
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GIMP: How to create tints, shades, shadows of a colour

Once I have chosen a hue, how can I create a range of tints, shades and shadows?
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How to bend and curve shadow in illustrator?

How to make the effect in this image with illustrator? I want to make this effect where the shadow just appears half-way the rectangle and then bend and grow gradually till the end. It gives a ...
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Where should I put the shadows and highlights on these antlers?

So I made some antlers in Illustrator and now I want to add some shadows and highlights. Unfortunately, I've never been good at figuring out where to put them. My brain has a hard time comprehending ...
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How can I achieve this effect? (solid shadow?)

I've just started using Illustrator, thanks to the Black Friday deal, and want to achieve this effect. The vector is from Vecteezy.com by caterart. I tried drop shadow but I want that transparent ...
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Drop shadow for animated GIF

Briefly I don't know, how I can to make shadow effect for animated GIF. For me good solution in any open source/free program, not Photoshop. Detail For PNG images I make shadow effect. Example: ...
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Long Shadow Issues

I am new to illustrator and i am trying to make a long shadow in illustrator but no matter which tutorial i follow i keep ending up with problems. My initial shape is basically a white refresh icon ...
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Problems with publisher/printing

I am not a professional, and I have not had any training - so please forgive me if I don't use the right terms. I am designing some material for my work - designing in publisher. In the background I ...
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How to make a distance-based gradient around a shape in Photoshop CC?

I have an irregularly-shaped pixel image on a transparent background. I would like it to "cast a shadow" all around it by creating semi-transparent pixels around the edge of the image. Specifically, I ...
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Good source for learning about light/shadow/gradients in flat designs

I came across this creation here on dribble. I have marked some areas with arrows, which are either 'lit up' because of bright light, or have 'shadows' because of absence. And also this one here : ...
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How would I go about creating a shadow similar to this?

I have about 75 images of watches and I'm looking to create an action to automate creating a shadow similar to this Rolex below. As you can see the shadow creates a 3D effect, making it look like ...
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Creating icons with gradient shadows

I am attempting to create some animal icons in a particular style. What would your approach be in making an icon in a similar style? It looks to me like a lot of different gradients applied in ...
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Illustrator - Add drop shadow over a specific element

Is there a way to add drop shadow to an element such that the shadow only appears over another element and not anything else? It would also be okay if shadow appears on other elements but not on ...
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Highlights and Shadows with Equal Weight

I'm creating isometric buildings in Inkscape. Each building has a base color. To account for lighting, the top of each building has a highlight, the left side has the base color, and the right side ...
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Remove objects, leaving only the stroke and the drop shadow (illustrator)

Just found this site! Seems pretty awesome. Im wondering if anyone knows how to achieve this effect: I want to remove the white objects (text) from the image, but keep the stroke and the drop shadow. ...
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What's wrong with this sphere?

Really, It doesn't look right. When I compare it to other spheres, I can't tell what's wrong with it. It may be the cast-lighting, but maybe something bigger. What's wrong with this sphere?
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How do I create subtle background gradients like this?

This has been bugging me for ages. I want to recreate the shadows that are on the background of this image. Whenever I attempt to recreate something like this the shading ends up looking very amateur ...
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How do I draw this noise / shadow effect in Adobe Illustrator? [duplicate]

there is a dark effect on the yellow color in this photo would you mind help me to draw like it in illustrator?
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Overlay shadow only on white - Photoshop

I'm new here and think it's wonderful that there are people you can ask when you get stuck... I'm not completely new to Photoshop, but this I can't figure out: I have a layer of yellow and a white ...
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shadow in material design [closed]

I attached a photo with this question, in the photo there is a folder that have a small shadow I can't design a shadow like that in photoshop. would you mind help me? [excuse me for Mistakes in ...
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How to create a shadow like this corel?

With flat designs trending across the board in the graphic designing community, there have been some amazing and subtle effects out there... One of those effects is a simple shadow like the one in ...
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Material design / Elevation in photoshop

Im new in material design and I want to start new design in this style. My problem is I don't know how to reproduce Elevation (z-axis). In image below i see 12 levels of Elevation, but how to create ...
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Organic Dot Shading in Illustrations

I've been trying to learn how to achieve more organic drawing and shading styles in my illustrations. The attached drawing is a good example of what I'm trying to accomplish. Do you think this was ...
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Bandings on shadows and gradients

I have a small project where the background needs gradient. I was using Phosothop CS5.1 but decided to upgrade to CS6 because it had the dither feature After upgrading and I opended the file I saw ...