Figure 6.18

Editing the Field Stone layer

The window boxes have a complex profile that can't be represented by a simple drop or inner shadow effect that follows the outer edge of a filled boundary. Therefore, you will cast custom shadows by drawing them manually. When drawing custom shadows, pay special attention to the angle of global illumination in the image so that you cast shadows in the proper direction. Keeping the angle of illumination in mind (up and to the right), you will draw custom shadows down and to the left with the Pen tool.

9. For your information, choose Layers > Layer Style > Global Light. Notice that the global illumination is coming at a 45° angle, at an altitude of 30° above (in front of the facade). Adjust your parameters to match these if yours are different. You can set these parameters in the Global Light dialog box and in several places within the Layer Style dialog box. Press Esc to cancel.

10. Click the Ornament layer set at the top of the Layers palette. Select the Pen tool in the toolbox. On the Options bar, click the Shape Layers button and then click the Geometry Options arrow; check Rubber Band in the Pen Options drop-down list box. Open the Styles Picker. Doubleclick the Default Style (none) thumbnail because you don't want to use the layer style effects from previous steps.

Zoom into 300% magnification near the leftmost window box. Draw the rough shadow outline as shown in Figure 6.19. Hold down the Shift key as you draw to constrain the lines you draw in 45° increments.

Figure 6.19

Drawing a shadow with the Pen tool

Figure 6.19

Drawing a shadow with the Pen tool

12. Choose the Direct Selection tool in the toolbox (under the Path Selection tool). Drag a window around a corner handle and move it to the edges of the window box, as shown in Figure 6.20. Repeat and move the other handle to cover the other corner. Rename the Shape 1 layer to Window Box Shadow. Change the opacity of this layer to 50% to lighten the shadow.

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