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How do I change background color in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN 

Save hundreds of dollars on seamless paper with this photoshop trick! Personally, I only own neutral background papers and I always use this method if a client wants color. This skill came out of necessity when I had to create with limited resources. But now, only makes sense to save time and money to do it this way.


STEPS TO CHANGING A BACKGROUND TO ANY COLOR IN PHOTOSHOP:

  1. Select your background with the QUICK SELECTION TOOL

  2. Go up to the top panel, select LAYER, scroll to NEW FILL LAYER, from the options click on SOLID COLOR

  3. Select a color from the wheel or a color in the image to choose your background color by clicking on it.

  4. Click on the layer mask, and CHANGE THE LAYER BLEND MODE TO “DARKEN”. Don’t miss this step! 

  5. Paint WITH WHITE on the layer mask USING THE BRUSH TOOL to apply your new color

  6. Paint WITH BLACK on the layer mask to USING THE BRUSH TOOL to erase the color from unwanted areas

  7. Done :)  


My trick I found with shooting on a white background is that using the "Darken" blend mode allows you to paint just the background and not include the hair. I learned this last night when I was up editing at 2am and so sleepy I accidentally changed my blend mode! It turned out to work out :)



Equipment set up:

Sony a7 camera with Sony Fe 85 1.8mm lens

Neewer RT-16 trigger 

LIGHT

Two Alien Bee strobe lights

Key light with a big 72" octabox at 2 o'clock above her

The other light behind her pointing at the back wall wall and her back

CREDITS

Photo/retouch:@symoneseven
Model: Tiffany