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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Preserve an object's shadows on a new background: Deke's Techniques

Preserving an object's shadow on a new background

Background replacement is one of the cool tricks Photoshop is known for. It lets you quickly swap out one environment for another. But without the cast shadows, the effect is not quite as realistic. Today in Deke’s Techniques, Deke McClelland shows how to change an object’s background and keep its shadows intact. This technique is perfect for product photography, where you have an object photographed or digitally rendered against a white background.

In a follow-up video for lynda.com members, Deke takes on a question from one of our viewers: “I know how to preserve the transparency of a shadow, but how do I hand off the resulting image as a transparent PNG that can be embedded in another program, like PowerPoint?” Find out in this new video—and come back next week for another free tutorial, in which Deke shows how to make noisy iPhone images into respectable photographs.

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