Another shadow quesiton

Hi,

Im using ps CS4 and would like to create a shadow effect for text exactly like the logo on this site. www.syfy.co.uk

It is as if looking at the text from top-down perspective, the shadow is as if the light is from the side. the problem that im having is getting the shadow to diffuse (think thats correct term) as it gets further from the text.

What i mean is the shadow is quite dark and sharp near the text  but as it moves away gets lighter and less sharp.

I have expermented with alpha and gradients but looks very unrealistic in comparison to the above.

Im after a very relistic lighting feel.

Will upload example of what i have so-far when i get home from work. thx
LVL 12
scooby_56Asked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

BongSooCommented:
I don't think that is a shadow effect as much as a 3D effect. You probably would need to create that in Illustrator.
scooby_56Author Commented:
Any one else of the same opinion?

any pointers on this in illustrator? or should i ask a new question in another thread?
MHenryCommented:
If you are talking just the shadow, I think it would be fairly easy to fake it in photoshop.

Just add a layer, rough out the shadow, turn down the transparency to desired effect, then run a gradient mask on top to get it to fade out.

Best,
MH

Why Diversity in Tech Matters

Kesha Williams, certified professional and software developer, explores the imbalance of diversity in the world of technology -- especially when it comes to hiring women. She showcases ways she's making a difference through the Colors of STEM program.

BongSooCommented:
Not a bad idea MH, and easier than switching applications!
MHenryCommented:
BongSoo,

Thanks. I don't like the way photoshop or illustrator do drop shadows so I've just always done it that way.

Best,
MH
casank25Commented:

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
BongSooCommented:
Nice!
scooby_56Author Commented:
Looks great! will follow this tomorow - thanks
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Adobe Creative Suite CS

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.