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Eye Candy 4000: Shadowlab
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Eye Candy 4000: Shadowlab
Created by: Bunny's Attic

 
This is a short little tutorial showing you how to use the Shadowlab feature of Eye Candy 4000. I wrote this tutorial in November 2003, hence the Christmas ornament, lol!! (The link to the tutorial for the ornament is at the bottom of this page.)
 

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In the Eye Candy 4000 demo, 3 of the 23 filters are fully functional: Glass, Marble and Shadowlab. You will be able to preview, apply and save effects on your work using these three filters. The other 20 filters allow you to preview, but not apply or save, their effects. The Shadowlab filter, which is what we will be using, is fully functional in the demo and does not time out.

You'll also need a tube of your choosing.

 
New Image



New Raster Layer     Picture Tube Tool

Open a new image big enough to make room for the shadow, Raster Background, Color = White, Transparent unchecked.

Add a new raster layer (Layers || New Raster Layer) and activate your Picture Tube tool. Add any tube of your liking. (If you prefer to use an image with a transparent background that you have on hand, you can just copy it and paste it as a new layer into your image.)

 


First make sure you are on the second layer with the tube. Then go to Effects || Plugins || Eye Candy 4000 || Shadowlab.

You should set your controls to zero except the "Overall Opacity". Set that to 100% for now so you can see where your shadow is, we will lower the opacity after we move it into place. (Don't worry about the "Center Offset Direction".)

Click on the little gray arrow to the right of the small preview window (above the big preview window) to bring up the bounding box. Arrange the bounding box around your image. To do this, left click and hold in the center of the box and move it into place. You can also use it like a deformation box by grabbing the little boxes you see on the lines and move them so they surround your tube.

 

Now grab the top center little box of the bounding box (see at the red arrow in the screen shot). Pull it over and down to place the shadow where you like it.

Now you can see your shadow! Feel free to move it around until you get it where you like it.

 




When your shadow is in place click on the little pan hand above the big preview window to get rid of the bounding box.

Then lower your opacity to where you like it and is suitable for your background color, lower opacity for lighter backgrounds and higher for darker ones. You can now adjust the blur if you like by moving the sliders for "Overall Blur" (I had 40) and "Perspective Blur".

Select a color for your shadow by clicking the left "Color" box to pull up the color picker for you. The two smaller boxes by default will show the colors that you have currently selected in PSP. Clicking one of those 2 boxes will select the main shadow color. Clicking the eyedropper allows you to pick from any color inside the preview window with a simple click.

Then click on OK to apply the effect. If the shadow needs more adjustment, just undo (Edit || Undo or Ctrl+Z) and go back into Shadowlab to make further adjustments. Sometime it takes some playing to get it just right!

 
To make a shadow in front of your tube, go into Shadowlab and bring up the bounding box. Pull your top center box straight down through your tube and below it. Then adjust the opacity and blur.
 

And here is the finished effect!

I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial. I think the shadows you can create with this filter are the best!!

The glass ornament used in this tutorial is from a wonderful tutorial by Wintermoons Kreative Expressionz. You can find it here.