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How to Change the Background Color in a Photo

Posted by Arch on August 9, 2019
how to change the background color in a photo

Knowing how to change the background color in a photo in Photoshop is a very useful skill, even if you aren’t a video editor. Whether you want to change it for marketing purposes, or just for the sake of aesthetics, you’ll want to know how to perform this simple task. This will help you add pop and color to your shots and it works the best with a plain white background. For those who want a quick and easy solution, we’ll cover one of our favorite photo editing sites.

Photoshop

This is one of the most basic tasks in Photoshop and it is usually covered early on in the introduction process with the app. Nevertheless, it is important that you get the gist of changing the background color, as this skill influences many other Photoshop editing tasks. If you are new to Photoshop, start with changing the background color of a photo taken against a plain white backdrop.

Photoshop

Duplicate the Background Layer

Before anything else, open the image that you want to work with in Photoshop. Find the Layers panel, located to the right of the main screen. If you don’t see it there, open the Layers panel by navigating to the Window section in the app’s upper panel. In the drop-down menu, find Layers and click on it. You can also access the Layers panel by pressing F7.

Once you’re in the panel, double-click the locked Background layer. Rename it whatever you like and click OK. Let’s name it Layer 0. Select the layer you just created and duplicate it by clicking on the panel menu (4 horizontal lines icon in the upper right side of the panel). In the drop-down menu, you’ll see the Duplicate Layer… option. A dialog box will appear, offering you another layer (duplicated). Naming this layer is also completely up to you, but let’s name it Product for now. Click OK to proceed.

Select the Product

Navigate to the Magic Wand tool in the toolbar and click the Options bar at the top of the Photoshop window. A window will appear. In the window, choose Select Subject. Go to View, in the upper right corner under the Properties tab. Select On Layers (Y) and under Output Settings, choose Output To: Layer Mask.

Refine your selection with the tools in the upper-left corner. For example, you may need to take out a shadow or two, depending on your original photo and of the item in question. Keep in mind that some adding and subtracting from the selection may be necessary and prepare to use the Feather Edge tool.

Create a New Fill Layer

First, select the original Layer 0 from the Layers panel. In the panel in the upper part of the screen, navigate to the Layer section, select New Fill Layer from the drop-down menu, and select Solid Color. This layer will be your background, so let’s call it New Background in this case. Don’t touch the Color field, as it won’t just change your background color, it will mess with the entire image. In the Mode: section, open the drop-down list and select Multiply and click OK.

The window that appears is called Color Picker. You will use this window to change your background color. If you know the exact RGB hexadecimal values for your desired color, just paste or type it into the corresponding fields. If not, use the panel to select your desired color. Once you’ve found your desired color, click OK. Now, go back to the Layers panel and make the original Layer 0 visible by clicking the “eye” icon to the left of the layer in the panel.

PhotoScissors Online

Knowing how to change a photo’s background in Photoshop is more than a useful skill, but sometimes, all you need is a quick background change, no questions asked. PhotoScissors Online is a great tool for such occasions.

Selecting the Photo

Go to PhotoScissors Online and upload the photo that you want to edit by clicking the Upload button. In the window before you, you’ll see your photo on the left and an empty space to the right. The final result will be displayed on the right side of the screen.

Selecting Background and Foreground

Now, you should tell PhotoScissors where the background is, no selection tools, no time-wasting. To mark the foreground object(s), select the green tool from the toolbar and left-click on the items of your choice. Next, select the red marker and mark the background objects. Keep an eye on the preview part of the screen on the right to track the changes that you make.

Changing the Photo

When you first apply the red marker to the background objects, a transparent background will be added. To change the background completely, navigate to the Background tab in the menu to the right and select Image in the drop-down menu. Click Select Image and pick the image that you want to use as the background.

Changing the Photo

Useful Skills

Even if you aren’t a photo editing professional, this skill can be very useful. If you know little or nothing about Photoshop, use this tutorial to start exploring the world of photo editing, as it is a good gateway into the profession/hobby. Using the online tool is much simpler, but keep in mind that you get much more advanced options with Photoshop.

What tool do you use for changing the background color of your photos? Do you have another, simpler approach? Let everybody know by leaving a comment in the section below.

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