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How Do You Get a White Background in your Images?

Take a generic object like a toaster; you photograph it and then you work on it. The finished image will have a white background with a hint of a shadow. I know you can erase the background something like Photoshop but then there is no shadow from the object.

I've been doing fine art and landscape photography so I don't know how to photograph an object and make it look like it's floating in white yet with just enough hint of a shadow to still look like it's resting on a surface.

Thanks for any help on this type of technique.
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Posted: 02/22/2009, 13:57:34 PM
Search the forums and blogs. There are tips and tutorials that have been posted.
Posted: 02/22/2009, 15:51:51 PM
If you have erased background, you can add shadow back.

You can check some of these threads: Message Boards search: isolations
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Posted: 02/22/2009, 16:19:56 PM
In photoshop you can select the "isolated" image and copy t as a new layes

Afther that you can choose "layer stiles" and "add a shadow"
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Posted: 02/22/2009, 16:22:44 PM
lol... A drop shadow is not a realistic nor appealing shadow.

If you want good shadows, shoot against a white background with lots of light, at different angles if you want full coverage and only subtle back shadow.

Of course, you want to use a seamless white background (in the case of a smaller object like a toaster you can use a curved sheet of large white posterboard or something).
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Posted: 02/22/2009, 16:42:56 PM
Thanks Stefaanh... I figured it would be simple. Sorry if this is Photoshop 101 but it's hard to do searches when you don't know what to search for.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 02/22/2009, 16:55:52 PM
Thanks to Ned too.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 02/22/2009, 16:56:57 PM
No problem. And good luck with the isolated images! =D If you're looking at shooting common objects like the toaster you mentioned, I suggest reading up as much as you can on Macro photography as well - especially in the area of lighting.

P.S. Nice football pics in your port! ;) I especially like the one with the helmet, and the full-stadium photo.
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Edited: 02/22/2009, 19:59:26 PM
5 great background masking techniques in Photoshop


maybe this link will help ;)
Posted: 02/27/2009, 13:02:44 PM