Change Color Of Backgrounds
In Your Photos

Change color of backgrounds in your photos quickly and easily using this technique in Photoshop Elements.

Video tutorial shows you step-by-step exactly how to do it and the secret to get seamless, believable results.

Check out the video and then we'll look at the steps involved.

HERE'S A BREAKDOWN OF THE STEPS

STEP 1. - Make a selection of the Background Area that you want to change the color of.

There are a variety of Selection Tools available in Photoshop Elements Toolbox that you can use to make selections with.

In most situations you will probably use either the Quick Selection Tool or the Magic Wand Tool, with the Magnetic Lasso Tool being a close third.

Don't forget to visit the Options Bar for the tool you choose and see what option settings are available.

Whichever selection tool you use, remember to add to your selection by holding down the Shift Key. To subtract from your selection hold down the Option Key on a Mac or the Alt Key if you're using a PC.

STEP 2. - Change the color of the Background Area that you just selected by going to the Layers Panel and click on the half light/half dark circle icon.

From the pop-up list choose the first option which is Solid Color....

That does 3 things:

  1. Brings up the Color Picker.
  2. Fills the selected area with the Foreground Color which is located at the bottom of the Toolbox.
  3. Creates a new layer at the top of the Layers Panel, complete with a Layer Mask.

Choose the new color you want your Background to be from the Color Picker Window and click OK.

STEP 3. - Blur the edges of the Layer Mask for a smoother transition.

Go up to the Filter Menu and choose Blur>Gaussian Blur....

From the Gaussian Blur Dialog Box move the Slider while watching the edges in your photo between the foreground object and the background.

Once you have a smooth transition without producing a "halo" effect, click OK.

STEP 4. - Make any adjustments that you want. If you want to change the Background Color again, just double-click on the Solid Color Layer to bring up the Color Picker again where you can choose a new color.

If you want to bring out the detail in the background, go over to the Layers Panel and choose "Color" from the Blend Mode drop-down menu.


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