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background color…and D just sets it back to black and white.So here we go.Im just going to add this on its own layer.You can see, its kind of okay, but I probably want to set it to maybe Multiply.And maybe just lower the opacity of it down again.I like doing just that second kind of rung of super close shadow.And then theres more kind of wafty shadow.Thats it for this one, lets jump into the next video.Im going to set you a goal, to do stuff like this on your own.Really ties together a lot of the stuff were learning so far.So Ill see you there.All right, I have got a fun class project for you.This tomato, that chopping board.The rules are in the Class Projects Word doc.This one here, Class Project – Focus Area.Both the files are in Project 03.And the rules of engagement are, you have to use the Focus Area to get started.Youll have to tweak it using anything you like, but probably Select Mask.And the one that Im interested in is how good your shadow ends up being.Not a graded test, everyones going to do something different…but please post what you do, even if you think its bad.It might be bad, thats okay.Your post might make somebody else feel better.If his is average, yours is bad, makes things feel good.Plus were all here to learn, so post it and tell us what you did.How you did it, whether– you can do the detached Drop Shadow option.Well you might just paint it in, there is no Blending Mode you used.Maybe you didnt use black for the shadow, maybe it was a brown.Try and make it look realistic.You have to work out which way the lights being cast.It looks like, from there from this one, slightly different from this one.You dont have to just use these features here, make sure you do these…but you can use anything else to kind of color grade or add noise.Anything you like for the class project, and at the end, post it…at any of these places up here at the top, Id love to see what you do.Onward to the next video.All right, it is a little trick for doing Masks, this video.Youll be doing lots of Masking video, selections of Masking.And I heard you say, Another one, Dan, give me one more.This is just a small one, its a little trick…that I wanted to keep in here, because I use it all the time.Its a little hard to get placed in.So lets say we use this image in the last one and we went…Focus area, and that worked great, to a point.We minus this chunk out, went to Select Mask.Radius, Smoothing, I might shift the edge in a little bit.Kind of got it to a nice point, right?…but theres a couple of parts, this bit here is the main offender.Click OK.Theres one there as well.So Im going to show you how to use the Smudge Tool.I use it because– Ill show you why.Lets do this one first, hes the easiest one to get.Because Im going to work on my Mask, and what people tend to do…is they grab the Brush Tool, then they just make it really small.Then how small do you make it? You keep like–Lets actually do it so I can show you.So in here, really small.Whats my Opacity? I will put it at 100%.I just get that bad, and then I make the brush a bit smaller.Im going to get that– you end up in this kind of like–It always ends up looking a bit fake doing it that way.So, along comes the Smudge Tool.What does the Smudge Tool do? If I work on the actual image–Im going to zoom out a little bit.The Smudge Tool is this little finger here.He is normally the Blur Tool, if you hold him down, grab the Smudge Tool.Now up here, just make sure its set to–…you might have been playing around…just pick one of these top general brushes, pick any brush.And what well do is, the Strength, around about 50%.And well set the Hardness to 0.Basically if Im working on the actual pixels…it just smudges things, you can kind of see it there.Smudgy, smudgy, smudge, but if I undo…that same little thing, when Im working on the actual Mask…does some really cool stuff.So Im going to pick an appropriate Brush size…and then kind of smudge it in, and look, let go.Cool, huh? Just kind of smudges it in.Ill show you what I mean, or what it does.Im going to hold down the Alt key on a PC, Option key on a Mac…just to click on the Mask to show you what its doing, and I undo.Because the Smudge Tool– watch this.If I make it nice and big, if I just push from the edge, watch what happens.When I click and drag…Im just holding the mouse key down, no Wacom tablet, you can see it kind of…as its moving along, it kind of slowly makes the radius smaller…and the effects smaller, so its really good for pushing into those edges.Just going to turn it back on, pick a Brush size.Zoom in.And in this case I might make the Hardness just a little bit less.Im just pushing here.You can see, it just gets in the corners really quick and easy…rather than messing about with the– yes, making the brushes bigger and smaller.Same here as well on these corners, ah, look how cool that is.Same for this one as well, where is that one?Oh, sneaky trick there.If you hold down the H key on your keyboard–So I couldnt find where this was, right? I was down here, and I was like…were all done, youre like,

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