In this Photoshop tutorial you’ll learn how to apply a shadow on a different background in Photoshop. The 2 photos that I’m using can be downloaded at the bottom of this article. This way you can exercise what you will see in this video.
How to Apply a Shadow on a Different Background in Photoshop
- Open the new background image and analyze from what direction the light is coming from. Look at the shadows if you have other objects on your new background. The object you will bring in, will have to cast it’s shadow in the same direction like on the background.
- Duplicate the layer containing the object you will position on the new background. Make a precise selection around the object and refine it using the select and mask properties. Hide the background around the object by painting/filling it’s layer mask with black.
- Select the original layer containing your object, rename it to “shadow” just to make your work easier. Change the layer’s blending mode to Multiply. This will get rid of the white areas and you will obtain a nice, realistic shadow.
- If you’ll watch the video, you’ll see that I added a few adjustment layers on the camel layer. This is because I needed to blend it in better with the new background. I darkened the right side of the camel and I desaturated it.
- In the end, I made the final adjustments for a better exposure of the photo using a levels adjustment layer.
- If you want to apply a shadow on a different background in Photoshop, you will have to photograph your object on a white background. This will create contrast with the shadow and the Multiply blending mode will work seamlessly.
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