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I think what you're looking for (adjusting a flat layout to match something with depth) can be found in Displacement maps. This answer may help you.
I'm going to summarize the answer from the related question "Blending Edges in Photoshop to a different color of an extracted object with different background color" Here. Read the original answers for some context on whats really going on. The usecase is a bit dissimilar but not much. Basically you want to choose remove white matte option after selecting ...
The simplest way would be to set the blending mode of your layer to "Multiply". This effectively gets rid of the color white in your layer and lets the colors beneath it "shine through". The best option would to get rid of the white and replace it with transparency. That can become quite complicated, honestly, and I can not remember the "perfect" way of ...
I would try clone stamp tool then smoothing it off. Maybe add a red gradient after. Content aware maybe?
Another approach would be to invert the colors (CTRL+I), then add a new layer of pure white (or the gradient @JohnnyKutnowski suggested). Reduce the white layer's opacity slightly to let the image show through. I set my white layer's opacity to 88% and this is the result:
I think your approach isn't the right one in this case. To achieve what you see in the second image, I would go for a gradient map on the original image with a gray to white gradient. I'm sure that's exactly how they got to that result. It's easy to do, just add a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer, and choose the colours in the gradient selector. That being ...
The center of your second circle example is not centered, as seen in the overlay of both images attached - possibly when rotating the grouped items (heads) the original center (pos1) you think is the yellow point. I think you can adjust the rotation point so that the yellow remains centered
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