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Product Photos - Natural Shadow Technique?

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Hey all!

I'm looking for some new ideas on how to capture a natural shadow on an image. I've attached a RAW product photo that I shot really fast, as well as a processed image with a bit of a natural shadow. I really want to create images with natural shadows, and transparent backgrounds.

Currently, here's my technique:

  1. Create a duplicate of the image, and hide the bottom copy
  2. Use the Pen tool to cut out the top copy, deleting the background
  3. Hiding the top copy, I usually do a rough cut of the shadow I want and mask out the ramp from the image itself, trying my best to isolate just the shadow.
  4. Combine both layers / tweak, output.

My question to you is: are there any other ways you would suggest working to isolate the shadows of product images? I'm doing this for a website and want a consistent look. Thanks for any advice!





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Hi Sackadelic,

One method which should work, use the selection brush to select the background and shadow and then use Filter>Colours>Erase White Paper and that will remove the colour white from the selected area and leave the shadow in place :) 

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