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    How to add a shadow / darkness to a face in Photoshop - Help?

    Hi there
    I know this was done WAAAAAAY before the days of Photoshop and was done using actual lighting, but I'd like to be able to re-create a shadow over the one side of the face using photoshop. Can anyone advise advise the steps how to do it please?
    I already have my image looking exactly like the below, but without the shadow.
    Thanks!
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    Re: How to add a shadow / darkness to a face in Photoshop - Help?

    hello,
    you can do it with gradient, or with a bigger but soft brush(and use lower opacity percentage like 40% or sth like that) or you can combine them. but first of all you should select the area you want to paint on. this case lasso tool or poligonal lasso can be good.
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    Re: How to add a shadow / darkness to a face in Photoshop - Help?

    I personally think the easiest way to do it is to duplicate the layer reduce the exposure of it so it looks like it is all in shadow apply a layer mask
    fill the mask in black so none of that layer shows and then choose a soft low opacity brush put the brush mode to darken or lighten and swap between black and white to paint the shadow in on the layer mask
    How to add a shadow / darkness to a face in Photoshop - Help?-shadow-orig-jpgHow to add a shadow / darkness to a face in Photoshop - Help?-shadow-jpg

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    Re: How to add a shadow / darkness to a face in Photoshop - Help?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoogleman View Post
    I personally think the easiest way to do it is to duplicate the layer reduce the exposure of it so it looks like it is all in shadow apply a layer mask
    fill the mask in black so none of that layer shows and then choose a soft low opacity brush put the brush mode to darken or lighten and swap between black and white to paint the shadow in on the layer mask
    How to add a shadow / darkness to a face in Photoshop - Help?-shadow-orig-jpgHow to add a shadow / darkness to a face in Photoshop - Help?-shadow-jpg
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    Re: How to add a shadow / darkness to a face in Photoshop - Help?

    Quote Originally Posted by LRG View Post
    hello,
    you can do it with gradient, or with a bigger but soft brush(and use lower opacity percentage like 40% or sth like that) or you can combine them. but first of all you should select the area you want to paint on. this case lasso tool or poligonal lasso can be good.
    Hi
    I'm having trouble making this look realistic, so maybe I'm doing it wrong.
    Can anyone give the exact instructions on how to do it?
    Thanks

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