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New To Me Bonus: Shadow Removal

Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:30 pm

Many kit elements in my stash already have shadows added to them. A wonderful time saver but what if you need to remove it?

Here's a quick fix that works on many simple elements. No guarantee but if it works it takes just a few seconds.

Let's start with a simple leaf:
Element with shadow.jpg
Element with shadow.jpg (182.37 KiB) Viewed 120 times

Next grab your Magic Wand tool in Photoshop.

Change the settings like this:
Magic Wand settings.jpg
Magic Wand settings.jpg (25.05 KiB) Viewed 120 times

Click very close to the element then press Delete on the keyboard. Sometimes it takes multiple clicks depending on the shape of the element.

Save this element as a new .png file so that your original stays as intended.

To check if you got all the shadow, add a small fx shadow:
FX icon.jpg
FX icon.jpg (21.55 KiB) Viewed 120 times
Stroke Blending Option.jpg
Stroke Blending Option.jpg (59.35 KiB) Viewed 120 times

If the stroke appears only around the element and is not jagged, you're good to go!
Stroke-on-element.jpg (123.46 KiB) Viewed 120 times
Leaf without shadow.jpg
Leaf without shadow.jpg (90.07 KiB) Viewed 120 times

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