Image Processing Reference
• Next you must select the area around the lion in the layer using the
Fuzzy Select tool . This selects an area of the current layer on the basis of
color similarity. Take care that the box Select transparent areas is checked;
Sample merged should be deselected.
• Invert your selection ( Select > Invert ). Give your selection a soft feathering
of about 25 px ( Select > Feather ).
• Create a new blank layer in the Layers dialog. Give it name (such as lion's
shadow ) and make it the active layer.
• Fill the selection with the Edit > Fill with FG Color menu item.
• Choose Select > None to remove the selection.
• Position the layer in the Layers dialog underneath the layer with the lion.
• Then scale the lion's shadow layer from top to bottom.
• Position the layer with the shadow in the image window with the Move
tool . Your shadow should be to the right and below the lion according to
the direction of the light source. Be sure to select Move the active layer in
the tool settings.
• If you like, you can correct the shadow with the Eraser and Paintbrush
tools . You can also add some shadow under the lion's paw.
• Set the opacity in the Layers dialog to about 70%.
• Save your image.
Fenice.xcf with the
Venetian lion and the
Layers dialog on the