Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing software that is used worldwide by editors, photographers along with people of different occupations. Once bought, it is easy to access but it’s hard to use professionally. As a company that focuses on providing credible quality of graphics to customers, Adept uses photoshop on a daily basis. While projects such as 3D mannequins take a while to complete, some things can be easily achieved by beginners. With these tutorials, we intend on helping aspiring people to get into the creativity that is involved in photo editing. This article will show you how to change background color in photoshop.
Under the term picture editing, there are various enhancement techniques that can be done to reform the picture and make it more unique. These new techniques can be troubling for new users but for professionals are pretty easy. Other software’s include GIMP, Lightroom, etc. that you can use to boost the quality of an image. All of these offer various features including white balance, exposure, contrast, lens correction, color correction, noise reduction, background removal, cropping, resizing, color adjustment, etc.
You know sometimes when you have a picture that looks great but has a dull white background behind it? Or when you need a more colorful background to print for a project or presentation? Then you have come to the right place! In a few easy steps, we are going to teach you how to change the background color of a picture in photoshop!
1. Pick a photo of your choosing.
When selecting a picture for your project, select one with a white background which would be much easier to edit and work with. Whether it’s the image of a person or an object, make sure the edges are visible clearly.
Select one by clicking on File and Open and find your desired picture to edit.
2. Make a selection using the ‘quick selection tool’ and click on ‘select subject’ from the top left of the screen.
Using Adobe’s latest technology called the Adobe Sensei, the image is selected in a quick fashion and separated from the background.
But this is only available for Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 and newer versions. For older versions of Photoshop, click the ‘quick selection tool’ and drag your mouse over the subject of the image.
If you have selected an extra portion of the background, hold Alt and drag across the screen to eliminate any errors from the image.
3. Fix the edges by pressing q to enter the quick mask mode.
Sometimes an image does not have refined edges and/or has some places still unedited from the rest of the background. To avoid such a thing, press Q to enter ‘quick mask’ mode which enables you to see what the cut out portion would look like without the background.
4. Use the brush tool to paint the missing pixels.
While in ‘quick mask’ mode, click on the brush tool to eliminate any additional errors made by the AI, anything that is red will be discarded with the background. Anything you paint over with the black color will appear red and be removed, while anything you paint with white will appear to be in the final image, which can be used to further refine it.
5. Press Q to exit the quick mask mode.
Exiting ‘quick mask’ mode will show you how the image looks after the refined enhancements made using the ‘quick select’ tool.
6. Select solid color adjustment in the adjustment menu and choose a color of your choice.
Looking over to the bottom right of the screen, you will see the adjustment menu. From the various options of the drop down menu, select the first one, which says ‘solid color’ which will prompt you to select a color of your choice.
7. The selected part appears to be in the highlighted shade, to fix that click on the layer mask icon and click the invert button on the properties panel.
It may appear that the portion that is selected using the ‘quick selection’ tool might appear to be the color of your choice, rather than the background in the layers tab. To fix that, click on the layer mask icon and click the ‘properties’ panel on the top right of the screen and click on the ‘inverted’ button to make the color of the background change.
8. To make the shadow of the image show use a blending mode; preferably multiply.
Everything looks good but what about the shadow? While the layer mask is selected, change the blending mode to open a drop down menu. Which shows you a variety of options, select ‘multiply’ from the menu and Voila, you have successfully changed the background of your image.
There you have it! You just learned how to change a background color in photoshop! Check out our other photoshop tutorials along with additional information about the other photo editing software’s you can use if you do not have the funds to buy Adobe Photoshop.
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