Photoshop: Change the Background
Adobe Photoshop® CC 2020
In this lesson, learn how to change the background of a photo. This comes in handy if you want to replace a distracting background with a solid color or place a person or object in another setting.
To replace a background, you will:
- Select the person or object you want to keep.
- Create a layer mask from the selection and place it on a new layer.
- Add a new background under the masked layer.
- Refine the layer mask as needed.
To make a selection and create a layer mask:
- Choose any of the selection tools
- On the Options bar, select Select Subject.
- Select Select and Mask. The Select and Mask workspace opens where you can refine the mask.
- For View Mode, select Onion Skin at about 30%.
- Use the selection tools on the left to refine your selection. In the Options bar, change the brush size as needed.
- Under Global Refinements, you can do the following:
- Adjust Smooth to smooth out jagged edges.
- Adjust Feather to blur transitions between edges.
- Adjust Contrast to bring some sharpness back.
- Shift the Edges to remove some unwanted color.
- In Output Settings, click Decontaminate Color.
- Select Output to New Layer with Layer Mask. A new layer with a layer mask is created above the background layer.
To add a solid background:
- In the Layers panel, create a new Solid Color adjustment layer. Pick a color and click OK.
- Click and drag the solid color layer underneath the layer that contains the layer mask.
To add a different background:
- From the File Menu, click Place Embedded. Select a new background and click OK.
- Click and drag the new background layer underneath the layer that contains the layer mask.
- Select the layer with the layer mask, then select the Move tool. Move the foreground object in the scene as desired.