I have a black and white cloud in one Photoshop layer and I want to turn it into a transparent single-color cloud in another layer. Like this:
Easy enough so far, I can just use the original cloud as a layer mask on a layer of whatever color I want the transparent cloud to be. But for this project I really need to be able to do this dynamically, meaning that I can render a new cloud and immediately get the transparent cloud. It seems like there has to be a way of doing this via some combination of smart objects, groups, and blending options but I can't figure out how.
Any help would be appreciated.