Wow, I got excited when I finally gave up and got help with this problem. I found the exact solution on a previous post:
The question was how to keep the shadow of an object in one layer from being casted onto another object in another layer. I wanted to keep the shadow of layer two from casting onto the object in layer one, so I figured it would be done as so:
The problem is that it did't work. I've spent hours trying to select every possible combo of buttons and scouring the web and I can't get it. I need to quit being like a stubborn mule sometimes and know when to get help. Any of which would be much appresh.