I'm new here and think it's wonderful that there are people you can ask when you get stuck... I'm not completely new to Photoshop, but this I can't figure out: I have a layer of yellow and a white element on it. The white wasn't in the picture originally, so I need to fake like the shadow covers it too. I have many such white elements, so I need a solution that doesn't involve manipulating the white objects themselves, it has to be a separate layer with some overlay function, but I can't figure out how to do it without influencing the yellow. Does anyone have any ide how to fix this? Much obliged!
I've worked on a solution for this.
I started with an image like this:
Made a copy of a portion of the yellow wall and moved the layer on top:
Set the Blending Mode to
and add a
Black and White adjustment layer - and
Option click the line between the
Black and White layer and the one below create a clipping mask
Black & White= Adjustment layer clipped to layer below
Layer 2= Copy of a portion of the background - with blending mode set to
Layer 1= The white boxes that we started with
Layer 0= Original Photo including yellow walls
Then the shadows from the background will apply to the white boxes.
I first want to create a gradient similar to the shadow
I make a selection to the right. Open the gradient panel (g or shift + G to get to the gradient). Double click on the gradient bar at the top.
I use the foreground to transparent option. I messed around with the values and found out that the color stop on the left could be black at 75% opacity and the color stop on the right could be #363636 at 30% opacity.
I move that layer over both white squares and duplicate the gradient shadow layer.
I then use a clipping mask on both white squares, 1 shadow layer for each white square.
You can either change the opacity of the gradient or the layer itself to fine tune the brightness of the shadow.