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If you have an image with a smooth background and a clearly defined shadow, you may be able to salvage the original shadow to use in your silhouette. So in this case I have my mobile device and I have somewhat of a shadow down below. And I'm going to try and salvage that and utilize that when I create my white background. First step is to go through and actually duplicate the layer. And this is going to be my silhouetted object. So I'm going to name the layer Silhouette. I'm going to utilize my path that I created earlier to create my selection for my layer mask.
Simply hold down the Cmd or Ctrl key and click on the layer path. And that will actually give me a selection that I can then mask. Otherwise I can use any other selection technique to arrive at this point and then simply click the layer mask button down at the bottom of the layer panel, and that's isolated my object. To salvage the shadow I'm going to duplicate the background layer one more time. And this time I'm going to name my layer Shadow. I'm then going to go into my Image > Adjustments > Levels.
And what I'm going to do is try and neutralize the background to a stark white and then accentuate the shadow down below. To do this I'm going to utilize the eye dropper tools at the bottom. The white eye dropper over on the right will represent my highlight or white color. So what I can do is I can click on different areas of my background To let that pump up my contrast and create a white background. I can then go down to my histogram and grab my midtone slider and start to drag that to the right to darken my shadow. And there I have a natural looking shadow created from the original object.
Now the layer that I've created for shadow doesn't look anything like the original which is why it's very important that we have an additional layer with the silhouette sitting on top to preserve the original image.
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