This technique tells a story, and the idea of casting a shadow that reveals the real person, or their real intention, is starting to pop up everywhere. I recently saw this effect used in a magazine that showed a corporate CEO casting the shadow of a jester, making a stronger editorial statement than a thousand words.
Quick Tip: Using the new Fill control
Back in Photoshop 7, Adobe added a field in the Layers palette called Fill. This has actually been in Photoshop since version 6.0, but previously it resided in the seldom-seen Blending Options dialog (which appears within the Layer Styles dialog box. Go figure!). What this puppy does is enable you to lower the Opacity (or fill) of a layer while leaving any Layer Styles ...