I have the following image that is displayed in along similar images. Each image links to a tourism brochure. I’ve been tasked into adding a new brochure with its own image.
Each image features some drop shadow effect that I need to reproduce on the new image, but I do not know what drop shadow settings has been used to create the original drop shadow.
What steps are required to obtain the data needed to reproduce the drop shadow? I need to know the original color, radius and blur.
Is it possible or should I just try trial and error?
I believe you’re stuck with trial and error. Depending on the complexity of the shadow, it might not be so bad.
Here’s how I usually do it (in Photoshop, but the steps should be similar for other programs)…
- Duplicate the layer with the shadow that needs to be reproduced.
- Mask the upper layer so that you are looking at an image comprised of both layers.
- On the lower layer, remove the shadow so you just have your base image.
- Fiddle with shadows on the lower layer until you can’t tell where the upper layer ends and the lower layer begins.
It tends to look something like the following: