Change Background Color On Your Photos From White With Photoshop Elements

A complete beginner to Photoshop Elements asked me how to change background color from white to a different color. I put together this step-by-step tutorial that I hope any newbie can follow.

To change the background from white to a different color involves making a Selection of the Background but not your Object.

Here's the photo I will be using for this tutorial.

We will change the background From This:

To This:


STEP 1: GRAB THE MAGIC WAND

You can select the background pretty easily as long as your whole background is completely white and there is no white in your object.

Go to the Toolbox and choose the Magic Wand Tool by clicking on it. It's the 7th Tool from the top.


STEP 2: SET THE OPTIONS

Go up to the Options Bar near the top of your screen. This is where you set the Options for how the Magic Wand will act. Change the Tolerance field to zero(0). Make sure the Anti-alias box is CHECKED, and that Contiguous, and Sample All Layers boxes are UNCHECKED.


STEP 3: SELECT THE BACKGROUND

Click once with the Magic Wand Tool anywhere on your white background. That will select all of the white area as indicated by the Marching Ants.

Any command you choose while an area is selected will only affect the selected area and leave the rest of the photo unchanged.


STEP 4: FILL SELECTION

Go up to the Edit menu and choose Fill Selection.... A Dialog Box will open. In the Contents area there is a drop-down field next to the word Use: From that choose Color....


STEP 5: CHOOSE COLOR

That will open another Dialog Box. This is where you can choose your new background color. Experiment in this window by using the slider on the vertical color bar to get the general hue you want. Then you can fine-tune it by clicking around in the big square to the left until you find a color you want. Then click OK.


STEP 6: CLICK OK TO FILL

Now click OK in the Fill Layer Box and voilá you should have a new colored background.


STEP 7: DESELECT

All that's left to do is Deselect the Background. Do that by going up to the Select menu and choose Deselect.


Now there's almost always more than one way to do something in Elements. If you want to try another way, here's a link to a tutorial I did on how to use the Background Eraser Tool to do the same thing:
How to use the Background Eraser Tool

Hope that helps!

Until next time,
Rick

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