Change and Remove Backgrounds, Chapter 01 1 Videos (1:27m)
  • 01 - Introduction to Changing Backgrounds
Change and Remove Backgrounds, Chapter 02 5 Videos (1:58h)
  • 01 - How to Create Selections & Masks
  • 02 - How to Refine Selections
  • 03 - How to Make Selections with Channels
  • 04 - How to Create Accurate Masks with the Pen Tool
  • 05 - How to Cut Out a Subject with the Brush Tool
Change and Remove Backgrounds, Chapter 03 8 Videos (2:36h)
  • 01 - How to Change Background Color Part 1
  • 02 - How to Change Background Color Part 2
  • 03 - How to Remove A White Background Part 1
  • 04 - How to Remove A White Background Part 2
  • 05 - How to Replace a Background Part 1
  • 06 - How to Replace a Background Part 2
  • 07 - How to Replace a Background Part 3
  • 08 - How to Replace a Background Part 4
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REPLACE BACKGROUNDS AND MATCH COLORS

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How to Change & Remove Backgrounds in Photoshop

Description

Removing the background from a picture can be one of the most challenging problems to solve in Photoshop. Whether you need to remove unwanted objects, remove the background, change the background color, or make the background transparent, we’ll show you all of the tools and tricks you’ll need to succeed!

In this tutorial, we start off by showing you how to use powerful tools like the Pen Tool, Select and Mask, and more. Then we put those tools to use to completely erase a background, change a background to any color, place a subject in a totally new environment and make perfect selections of people, objects, and hair!

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REMOVE PEOPLE FROM BACKGROUNDS

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REMOVE OBJECTS FROM BACKGROUNDS

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Remove Background From Any Image

Learn how to remove something from a picture or even remove an entire background with our tried and tested Photoshop techniques! Whether you have images of furniture on a plain colored background or photos of a friend in front of a busy city skyline, we’ll show you how to completely erase the background, change the background color, and even place them into a totally new environment.

Change Background Color

If you’re shooting products or fashion, being able to change a background color to complement the colors of your subject is a great skill to have! We show you step-by-step how to change the background color or change it to pure white. We even show you how to make a background transparent which is perfect for creating images to display on the web.

Make or Remove a White Background

Making or removing a white background is a common problem and we will show you how to do it in just a few clicks! We’ve developed some Photoshop techniques that will not only help you make perfect cut-outs but now it’s faster and easier than ever before.

CHANGE BACKGROUND COLORS IN PHOTOSHOP

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Cut Out Hair in Photoshop

Hair is soft and detailed, making it one of the most tricky areas to select out of an image. In this tutorial, you will learn to master the tools and techniques necessary for hair masking in Photoshop. We take it a step further and show you how to add new hair using the Brush Tool and Clone Stamp Tool!

Cutting Out People & Products

Identify the specific challenges of cutting out different types of objects and learn how to tackle each individually! A product might often have smooth edges and curves where a person will have many different complex edges depending on their hair, skin, and wardrobe. We will show you how to identify areas and quickly choose the right tool for the job.

Refine Selections

Selections will change and evolve over time as you work on an image. Learn to use multiple tools in combination to create a perfect cutout. Use the Magic Wand Tool to get a rough selection, switch to the Pen Tool to handle the gentle curves of skin, and then finish it off with Curves to get every strand of natural hair!

CREATE ACCURATE SELECTIONS OF HAIR

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Realistic Composites

Changing a background doesn’t have to be difficult! You just need to ask yourself a couple of questions. Where is the horizon in the original image? What colors are present? Where is the main light source? We will teach you what to look for and what questions to ask yourself to make a realistic composite!

Match Light & Color

It will take more than a clean selection to place a subject onto a new background. Learn how to use adjustment layers to replace and match light and color with the new environment. Take someone from a cool seaside to a warm city sunset in just a few minutes with Photoshop!

Replace a Sky

Have you taken the perfect landscape photo but wish that there was just a little bit more drama in the sky? We can help! Sky replacement is one of the most fun and effective uses of the skills you will learn in this tutorial! Turn a clear blue sky into one full of clouds or add the perfect sunset in just a few minutes.

CREATE PERFECT CUT OUTS WITH THE PEN TOOL

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Selection Tools

Unfortunately, there’s no magical background eraser tool. But that doesn’t mean the process of cutting out a background has to be hard. Master the tools that professionals use to create accurate selections in Photoshop and learn to combine the power of the Pen Tool, Channels, the Brush Tool, Select and Mask, and more!

The Pen Tool

Learn to use the Pen Tool and start making perfect selections in Photoshop! If it has a hard edge, straight lines, and smooth curves, the Pen Tool is the ideal tool for cutting out an object. We break down all of the keyboard shortcuts you’ll need to master this tool and show you how Paths work in Photoshop.

The Magic Wand Tool

Creating any accurate selection can take minutes or can take hours depending on what tools you use and how precise you want to be. The Magic Wand Tool is a powerful option when you need speed and flexibility without sacrificing precision. Watch us use the Magic Wand Tool by itself and in combination with other tools to get the ideal selection.

REPLACE SKIES IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOS

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ADD BACKGROUNDS TO PHOTOS

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Channels

The Pen Tool and Lasso Tool are both great for cutting out objects that have a smooth and relatively hard surface – like furniture or a mountain landscape. For softer objects, Channels should be your go-to. From fluffy clouds to flowing hair, we’ll show you how to select it and extract it from its original background.

The Brush Tool

The most versatile tool in Photoshop is just as useful for making selections as it is for painting. Learn to use the Brush Tool to refine your layer masks, add blur along an edge, and even paint in realistic hair!

Select and Mask

The Select and Mask panel is one of the easiest tools to use that will help you create a perfect layer mask. We will show you how to take advantage of this tool and its many options to refine the edges of a selection, add feathering, and more!

Reviews

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This tutorial was awesome, exactly what I was looking for. Had problems with making good selection, but now I know all the secrets. Great :)))))) So Happy :)))

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very good course I learned a lot of things that I didn’t know. I’m going to try and rewatch this video.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    It’s official… Aaron is ‘the best thing since sliced bread’ when it comes to Photoshop tutorials.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just this tutorial alone was worth the subscription – PHLEARN IS THE BEST!!! Keep it up Aaron!!!!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was a great class! I already have a good deal of experience with changing and removing backgrounds, but I still learned a ton. Thanks so much!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fantastic, clear, concise and easy to follow instructions. Really are a great teacher! One thing though – where have you hidden the fur brush? I can’t find it!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    This tutorial provides good in depth examples and practial exercies to get you more familiar with removing backgrounds. Aaron clearly explains the range of tools and techniques available along with example scenarios for their use. Highly recommended to all levels of Photoshop users.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Another super tutorial! The step -by-step approach, coupled with tool review and tips, teaches not only how to remove a background, but also how to use Photoshop more effectively and efficiently. I don’t consider myself highly proficient in Ps, but every tutorial gives me more confidence and a better understanding of program. This particular tutorial was challenging, but working each section through several times was well worth the effort. As an older learner (76!), the repetition and reminders are particularly helpful. Great teaching style! Thanks, Aaron!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    If you’re looking for a single tutorial on this topic, this is the one! Excellent presentation of concepts followed up with step-by-step examples. A great companion to other tutorials such as “Photoshop Compositing: Masking and Cutting Out Subjects”.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Im gonna hold out for “how to change and remove Foregrounds” 🙂

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    A very helpful step by step approach to isolate subjects properly and non-destructively and then to put them onto new backgrounds with all the adaptation needed to merge them seamlessly. Especially the structured approach to address all the issues on light levels, saturation, colour matching and then re-colouring at the end were eye-openers for me on why I struggled with projects in the first place. I saw a number of tutorials on this on YT, but to get a real understanding on how to tackle this end-to-end, this is the first! Should be a game changer for my matte painting activities as well.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    You’re not charging enough for your Pro tutorials! The “How to Change & Remove Backgrounds in Photoshop” is terrific. The format of reviewing the various tools and then using them on photographs of increasing complexity really helps cement the information. The best parts are when you inadvertently go down a blind alley (e.g., grouping the layers only to discover an issue with one of the blending modes), and then point out an alternative approach. Users of Photoshop run into this all the time, and it helps to see we’re not alone, and that there’s usually a solution. I also like the attention to detail. When an image looks good for 99.9% of the people viewing it, you’ll still find minor issues and fix them. This is instruction at a much different level. You’ve already told everyone how to use the tools, now you’re driving home the idea that if you’re going to spend time on something…do it right! Thanks for doing these tutorials. -robert.

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