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How do I replace a background in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Learn how to replace any boring studio backdrop with the image of your choice. It’s a quick process that reads longer than it’ll actually take you to do it. Stay tuned to find out how !


HOW TO REPLACE A BACKGROUND


  1. Use the QUICK SELECTION TOOL to select the background by clicking and dragging

  2. Press Q to refine your selection. The areas that aren’t in the selection will turn red (your subject)

  3. Paint with white to include to left out areas that you wish to be in your selection

  4. Invert the selection once you’re finished by going to the SELECT TAB at the top and clicking the INVERT option

  5. Hit the LAYER MASK BUTTON (next to the CREATE A NEW LAYER BUTTON) to delete the background

  6. Drag the image in of the background you wish to replace

  7. Done :)


My advice is to take your time when refining your selection. Use 100% opacity on the brush to get faster results when refining. But please, be mindful that this is the most important part that can make or break the image. 


Want more tips on editing like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


GEAR

Nikon d7200 with 55-200mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above me

White reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo/retouch/model: @symoneseven


How do I edit a white background in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN 


 I remember when I was a new photographer trying to shoot on white and I learned to fake it before I learned how to properly light white in the studio. So learn from my mistakes, put some lights on your background separately on your subject. But if you don’t and need to fix it, Watch me clean up a white background from one of my oldest fashion photos


Steps to cleaning and whitening a white background:

  1. Create a new Layer with keyboard shortcut COMMAND J

  2. Then use the SPOT HEALING brush to click and drag over and imperfections 

  3. To get rid of a shadow, I use a QUICK SELECTION TOOL outline the body. To erase, you can hold down OPTION - while you maneuver your mouse. 

  4. Then inverse my selection by going to THE SELECT TAB then going to the INVERSE option. 

  5. Now create a new blank layer by clicking the page icon below your BACKGROUND LAYER

  6. Use the BRUSH TOOL to paint over the shadow on a opacity and hardness below 30%

  7. Turn down the layer opacity if necessary

  8. Go to the SELECTIVE COLOR adjustment layer and turn down the blacks under the WHITES color option in the drop down menu.

  9. Done



GEAR

Nikon d7200 with kit lens of 18-55mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her



CREDITS

Photo/retouch:@symoneseven
Model: @krissy2prissy












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