Change and Remove Backgrounds, Chapter 01 1 Videos (1:27m)
01 - Introduction to Changing Backgrounds
Changing and removing backgrounds is one of the most common uses of Photoshop. Aaron Nace introduces the skills you'll learn in this tutorial.
Change and Remove Backgrounds, Chapter 02 5 Videos (1:58h)
01 - How to Create Selections & Masks
Changing backgrounds is all about making accurate selections and masks. Aaron introduces selection tools like the Pen Tool and the Magic Wand Tool that we will be using extensively in this tutorial.
02 - How to Refine Selections
Aaron demonstrates how Select and Mask can be used to refine the edges of any rough selection.
03 - How to Make Selections with Channels
Channels are one of the best tools to use to make incredibly detailed selections of hair and other fine edges to place into a new background.
04 - How to Create Accurate Masks with the Pen Tool
Mastering the Pen Tool can take your selections to the next level. Learn how to create straight lines and perfect curves as we cut out an object using paths.
05 - How to Cut Out a Subject with the Brush Tool
In this section, follow along as Aaron makes a cut out of a dog using only the Brush Tool. Learn how to use custom brushes to recreate realistic hair.
Change and Remove Backgrounds, Chapter 03 8 Videos (2:36h)
01 - How to Change Background Color Part 1
Learn to use a Solid Color Fill Adjustment Layer, the Brush Tool, and a Layer Mask to change the color of the background.
02 - How to Change Background Color Part 2
Learn to use the Magic Wand Tool, Select and Mask, and Layer Masks to change the background color. Then get some useful tips on how to remove color casts from an environment using the Brush Tool and Flow.
03 - How to Remove A White Background Part 1
Aaron demonstrates the difference between cutting out an object with the Magic Wand Tool versus cutting the same object out with the Pen Tool. Hear his tips and advice for both approaches so you can choose the best method for you.
04 - How to Remove A White Background Part 2
Learn how to use the Select Subject option under the Magic Wand Tool to make an incredibly quick selection of anything on a simple background.
05 - How to Replace a Background | Sky Replacement
In this section, we do a simple sky replacement behind a subject and landscape that's in silhouette.
06 - How to Replace a Background | Snow Scene
In this section, Aaron removes a person from a simple background and places them on similarly colored and lit mountain landscape. Follow along with the Select Subject Tool to select the model and then use Blending Modes and Adjustment Layers to match the subject to the new environment.
07 - How to Replace a Background | Complex Hair
Place a subject in front of an urban landscape by using the Pen Tool and Channels to make a complex selection of their body and hair.
08 - How to Replace a Background | Match Color
Learn how to match the colors between a subject and a new environment.
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!
Learn to cut out anything with hair including people and animals along with a revolutionary technique to re-create hair for a realistic cut-out.
REMOVE PEOPLE FROM BACKGROUNDS
REMOVE OBJECTS FROM BACKGROUNDS
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
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.
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
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
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
ADD BACKGROUNDS TO PHOTOS
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!
Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.
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