A Photographer’s Way to Change/Remove Background in Photoshop

Vintaytime Staff
2 years ago / Updated - April 30, 2016
A Photographer’s Way to Change/Remove Background in Photoshop

In photo editing, people are really interested to change backgrounds of an object inside photo and why not, Backgrounds sometime give the first impression for an image. There are so many ways you can change the background quickly and easily, but here you can use the most popular editing tool Adobe Photoshop and change or remove backgrounds in a photographer’s way. Many people can change background using an Android Photo Editing app and many is failed with Photoshop. It depends to your image, how the background is? If it’s simple, single color and plain, then you can remove background in just one click, but if it’s filled with so many objects then its gonna will take some long time.

1. Capture Photo in a Plain Background

plain-background-photo

To make your object’s background looks very perfect, you first need a object with transparent background. It is like you’re pulling an object from a photo and then you can easily drop that object over any image and quick make a project without wasting time. If you have your own photography studio, then you definitely have you own multiple walls of different colors for photo shoots.

Make sure while capturing photos, your wall background color should be different from the object edges, otherwise when you erase background the edges will also drop color transparency or after a only method left is make a selection using a tool like Lasso Tool.


2. Erase Background

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Now you can one click erase the background with Magic Eraser Tool, but make sure the background color is not found in object, otherwise Magic Eraser will also remove the color from inside object also. If the Magic Eraser didn’t work well, then you can also use the Background Eraser Tool and use it outside of the object edges.

Go to Magic Eraser Tool (SHIFT+E+E+E)> Click Over Background Colors> and you have done.

Or

Go to Background Eraser Tool(SHIFT+E+E)> Zoom in Edges of Object> Hold your click and start moving the cursor> Move cursor where you found the background color.


3. Make Edges Perfect

As you erase your background, the edges have not yet been erased completely, it still needs a finishing and you need to adjust edges to make them perfect. Make sure when adjusting edges, a background must be exist, don’t adjust in transparent.

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First, make an outer selection of your object using Lasso Tool, Magic Wind Tool or other> Right Click over selection and Select Inverse> Select Refine Edge from Above> Adjust Edges by Changing view mode in different backgrounds> Check Output and Output to New layer with Layer Mask.


4. Download and Put a Background Image

office-background

Background by Pixabay

Now it’s time to put a unique background for your this Photoshop project. If you’re making this project for personal and home use, then you may download Free HD wallpapers or if you’re making this for Business or related uses, then go for Free Stock Images. First, make sure what resolution you want for the final image and resize the canvas from Toolbar> Image> Canvas Size.

→Create a New Layer(SHIFT+CTRL+N)> Drag & Drop Layer to the Bottom> Set your Canvas Size> Select the Layer> Drag and Drop your Background Image> Adjust by Moving> Done.

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5. Save your Final Image

Now, after finishing edges, backgrounds, colors and everything, save as your project as .PNG or whatever you want. Don’t forget to save your project as a .PSD file, otherwise in the future, you may lose something that you want from this project.

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For PNG → Go to File> Save as> Select .PNG from Save as Type> Save.


Tips

  • Make your Background Blurry (Select Background Layer> Go to Filter>Blur> Gaussian Blur)
  • First Put your custom Background and then adjust Edges
  • Save your Object Layer from step 3 so that in future you can make unlimited images with different backgrounds.
  • Drop Shadow of your object or use another blending options (Right Click over Layer> Blending Options> Drop Shadow)
  • Always Unlock all the layers, if shown lock icon (Double click over layer> OK)