In search of a simple technique that you can use to change an image background color in Photoshop? Then this tutorial guide is for you.
There is no doubt that Adobe Photoshop is essential software that every graphic designer or photographer should have at hand if they want to stand out amongst others in the industry. The software renders tons of thousands of services from logo design to image editing and many others. It’s a perfect software for changing the background color of an image.
With these great features, Photoshop is not without its pitfall- people find the toolkit hard to operate. And for this reason, many people have switched towards using low standard toolkits that generate poor quality outputs. What this means, in essence, is that Adobe Photoshop is the most versatile software to use and no toolkit can stand it. But what could be done to bring ease to using this toolkit?
Well, creating guides on the different services it provides is the perfect thing to do. And here in this article, we will share with you a guide that explains how you can use Photoshop to change an image background color.
Altering the background color of an image on Photoshop can be done in two ways.
The pen tool is one the best tool to trace the object without losing quality. In photoshop, if you want to create a clipping path then you have to use the pen tool, there are no other options. So in this section, we are going to show you, how to change background color in photoshop to use the Pen tool. Let’s get started!
Download and install Adobe Photoshop software on your Windows or Mac OS, then launch it to add an image.
To import a picture, tap on the ‘File’ button at the top left corner of your screen, and a menu with a list of options will slide down. Choose ‘Open’ from the list and you will be directed to your local drive where your pictures are stored. Select your desired image and then hit ‘Open’.
Now, you have to select the object in the photograph using the ‘Pen Tool’. For you to use the tool, press the hotkey ‘P’, or you select ‘Pen Tool’ from the toolbar palette.
Next, zoom the image at least 200 – 300%, then trace put the object in it. We called it a clipping path in the object.
After tracing the object, you have to smoothen the edges to remove those rough patches. To accomplish this, select ‘Path’ from the toolbar palette on the right-hand side of the program, scroll down, and click on ‘Make Selection’. if you can’t see the paths panel then you can enable it from the top Windows menu.
A new window will pop up showing the several options. Change the ‘Add Feather’ option to 0.5 and then hit the ‘OK’ button.
Now we have successfully selected the Object.
Select the “Background layer” then press ‘Ctrl + J’. This command will automatically create the same background again which will be called ‘Layer 1’ without any background color. When you have a duplicate background, disable the eye icon from the background layer. And now the image will have a transparent background.
Next, you have to create a new layer called “Layer 2”. Click the new layer icon (+) on the layer panels then move it underneath Layer 1.
Once you’ve done this, set your preferred background-color by clicking on the ‘Color Picker’ tool at the bottom left corner of the software. In this section, I have used a Blue color (#128be0).
Select Layer 2, and then tap ’Ctrl + Backspace’ to apply the new color.
On completing the steps above, you have to export the image to your local drive. Do this by clicking on the ‘Ctrl + S’ and then select a folder where it would be stored.
The magic tool is one of the amazing tools to trace the object automatically by Photoshop learning machine AI. In this section, we will show you, how the magic tool works for changing the background color on Photoshop.
Having downloaded and installed Adobe Photoshop, launch the program and hit ‘Ctrl + O’ to open your local drive where your images are saved. Select an image and then click on ‘Open’.
Locate the ‘Magic Wand’ tool in the toolbar on the left-hand side of the toolkit and then click on it. The top will be used in creating a path around the subject of the image.
On completing the above, click on the ‘Select Subject’ icon at the top of your screen. Photoshop will instantly use the smart AI feature integrated into it to create a path around the subject.
Now, find and click on the ‘Select’ menu on the top side of the software then click Modify–> Feather. Immediately, a drop-down menu will pop up and a new window will appear on your screen. Adjust the ‘Add Feather’ to 0.5, then click ‘OK’ to validate your command.
Use the hotkeys ‘Ctrl + J’ to duplicate the current layer (Background Layer) and a transparent one will pop up (Layer 1). Disable the eye from the background layer so your image background will become transparent.
Add a new layer to the list by selecting ‘New Layer’ from the Layer panel menu. The new layer is named Layer 2. Move Layer 1 above the new one, then set your background color. To do this, select ‘Color Picker’. A new window with loads of colors will appear on your screen. Choose one, then hit the ‘Ctrl + Backspace’ keys to apply the new color.
Now that you have accomplished your mission, change an image background color, click on ‘File’, scroll down to save to export the edited image to your local drive. FYI, you must select a folder where you want to save the file. Once you do this, hit ‘Save’.
In summary, changing the background color of an image in Photoshop is an easy task to accomplish. Just select any of the tools, Pen or Magic Wand, and then follow the stepwise guide given above.
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