Shadow for Jewelry Product Images

Make Your Jewelry Attractive by Using Shadow On The Background

Make your jewelry shine on your online portal!!

Most of the time, people get annoyed with shadows but if you use them rightly, it can be advantageous and can make your jewelry images look very natural. A lot of ways are there to add a shadow to make the piece of jewelry look natural and realistic but the main concern lies in how to add it. Just don’t create a mess of using every method of adding shadow but use the same method throughout all the images to have that real look. It will keep the image clean and consistent. Let’s get to know the ways:

 

Natural Shadow

Creating natural shadow is actually hard!! Using lighting techniques need your great efforts to put a natural look and in such cases, post editing can achieve the right appearance. Haven’t used Photoshop before? No worries, let’s use it today to create natural shadow.

Natural Shadow

 

  1.  Open the jewelry image on which shadow needs to be created. It will automatically create a layer when you open it in Photoshop. Next, create a new layer and fill it with white background so as to mask the jewelry image from background. Don’t forget about refining the edges for smooth changeover.
  2. Now select some area at the bottom of jewelry image as it will look the darkest. Refine the edges carefully if you want to create a soft and curves layer. Darken it to make it look like a dark oval at the bottom of the jewelry.
  3. Choose a talk bubble around that space and refine the selection to be very soft. To match your tiny shadow, make a curve layer and darken it.
  4.  To make a smooth gradient from dark to black, it would be good if you brush out the adjustment parts. And lastly to make it look more real, get your hands on opaqueness.

Reflection Shadow

To make the images look appealing and catching to the eyes of people, use reflection shadow. It gives an appearance of mirror like reflection to the product. Let’s try adding this shadow:

Reflection Shadow

  1.  Open the jewelry image on which shadow needs to be created. It will automatically create a layer when you open it in Photoshop. Next, create a new layer and fill it with white background so as to mask the jewelry image from background. Don’t forget about refining the edges for smooth changeover.
  2.  Create a duplicate layer of jewelry layer and transform it vertically so as to make it look like a mirrored image to the original one. Keep it below the product to let it match the bottom.
  3. Next, to the reflection layer, you need to add a faded gradient mask to give an illusion as if it’s fading. Then you have to make it a little blur to keep the effect natural and less sharp.
  4. Here you go!! Now your jewelry will look more realistic than before. You can also add a tiny shadow at the bottom by using feathered curves as it will make it feel grounded.

 

Drop Shadow

Last on my list is drop shadow. It is my favorite method as I don’t have to do many adjustments. Let’s try:

Photoshop Drop Shadow

 

  1. Open the jewelry image on which shadow needs to be created. It will automatically create a layer when you open it in Photoshop. Next, create a new layer and fill it with white background so as to mask the jewelry image from background. Don’t forget about refining the edges for smooth changeover.
  2. Create a duplicate layer of product layer and select the product. Add grey color in this selection.
  3. To make the shadow look dramatic, blur this layer.
  4. Now you need to add a mask on the shadow layer. And then the top portion of the both the top and bottom of the product. It will add shadow on only some parts that will make the product look realistic.
  5. You achieved it right!!

So now start adding shadows to your jewelry and make it look dazzling to the eyes of your potential customers.

About Enamul Hoq

Internet Marketer, Web Designer & Developer and SEO Specialist at Clipping Path King.

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3 comments

  1. It's really amazing post . very informative post thank you very much for share …..

  2. wow great post and very informative for product shadow creating . thanks for share ,,

  3. very informative post . It's really helpful for photographer and editor .

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