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2. Shadows and Light > 2.4. Retaining an Existing Shadow in a New Background

Retaining an Existing Shadow in a New Background

Sometimes your client has an image in which he would like to have the object cropped out of the background but retain the shadow. If the object is on a light background, as in Figure 2-35, this is generally a simple matter of dropping out the background.

The background here has subtle coloring that the client wants removed

Figure 2-35. The background here has subtle coloring that the client wants removed

Drop out a white background with a curve or selective tool adjustment

Figure 2-36. Drop out a white background with a curve or selective tool adjustment

Copy a four-color image and create a grayscale

Figure 2-37. Copy a four-color image and create a grayscale

I will usually make a selection of the object or the background (whichever is easier) and invert the selection (if necessary so only the background is selected. Then I use a curve adjustment or a selective color adjustment to drop out the background, as shown in Figure 2-36.


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