The following screenshot is a photoshop mockup and basically I just want to recreate it in blender to have some more control over it. Photoshop Mockup

So far (I'm really new to blender) it's looking not that bad. The only thing I can't figure out is how to make the shadow in front of the cover. Where should my light be placed?
enter image description here My current render: My current render

Is this shadow even realistic or just a "photoshop thing" to show that there is a shadow and simulate realism?

My approach was a light at the top, a little bit placed behind the cover to cast that shadow. But the shadow isn't strong enough at all and the light just makes my scene really bright to achieve any kind of shadow down there.

So far I just use area lights but couldn't find any difference between the different light types in this example.

Would be great if somebody could point me in the right direction how to set this up.


Current light setup:

  • global light off
  • 2 area lights angled down to light the cover and record
  • 1 big area light behind it to light the background
  • 1 area light on top trying to get the shadow I want

Light setup frontview Light setup sideview 1 Light setup sideview 2


1 Answer 1


The light behind the album cover is casting a shadow on your subject, and it is very diffuse. If you make the light size smaller, it will make it less soft.

Also, is there a light behind your background screen making it shady?

I feel like the absence of the specular light on the top of the record makes it have less high light.

Sometimes if the objects don't have the proper scale, I find myself endlessly turning up lights and not getting the effect I want. Sometimes changing the grid, and dimensions of the objects, so they are accurate, all of a sudden gives you more realistic light.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, I will try to scale it properly. Right now everything is all over the place in terms of scale. Behind my backdrop is no light, I think the shading comes from general bad position of my two area light at the front. $\endgroup$
    – jona
    Commented Jun 5, 2021 at 22:49

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