TIPS ON CHANGING BACKGROUND IN PHOTOSHOP FOR FOOD PHOTO
Adobe Photoshop is the best application I’ve ever found in life to remove background from an image in an easy and tricky way. This article deals with some effective and useful tips on changing backgrounds from images that you can try while performing post-production tasks. Practice makes a man perfect, and through practicing these techniques you can master them.
Food photography is a tricky task, and it requires so much practice and skill to communicate the ambiance. Styling, plating, and props are the essentials, and placing the backdrop against the product perfectly is very helpful to tie everything and can lessen your effort in post-production.
Prior to starting removing the background from the photo, you’ll have to select it first. You can use the Pen tool to select it although there are many other selection tools you can choose from. The Pen tool is the best option to select images without affecting the subject.
Once you’ve chosen the selection tool, you can duplicate the layer, and to do so you need to go to Layer in Photoshop and then to Duplicate layer. Now you can create a mask by going to Layer, then to Layer Mask and finally to Reveal All. You'll notice the white box appearing in the layer palette is known as the mask.
From now, your changes will be seen in the background you had selected. Now you can change the backdrop using any adjustment layers that control color, brightness, saturation, hue, etc. Now you need to go to Layer and then to New Fill Layer/ New Adjustment Layer to see all options. As you're working on separate layers, your original layer will remain unchanged and you can go back to it if you're not satisfied with your change.
From now, your changes will be seen in the background you had selected. You can add as many layers as you want. For instance, I've changed the hue and saturation, and then I added a warning photo filter. Make sure you've applied the mask to the layer (but not to the background) or the adjustments will show in the entire image.
A white background is easier to change
Select the background like other examples, and it’ll be easy as the contrast is created by the white background. Then use selection tools like Color Range or Quick Selection that can save you time and pay attention to details. Don’t forget to zoom in your selection and save it going to Selection and then to Save Selection. A good selection helps you to change the background with Photoshop tools.
Apply your texture as the new background
Now add the texture you’ve selected for your new background. If you want to use texture as a smart object, then go to Edit and Place. OR if you don’t plan to modify it, then just paste it on Top. Either way, it will create a new layer that will cover your original photo. When you want to give visibility to your subject, load the selection by going to Selectin and then Load Selection. Then add layer mask going to Layer, then to Layer Mask and finally to Reveal All.
Integrate your new background
Now see the subject if it looks like a fake, then you can improve it changing the layer blending mode. You can use Multiply to get a good result. Once you’ve changed the layer blending mode, you should adjust the opacity and the shadows that will make the photo-real and natural.
You’re done and it’s very easy to change the background in Photoshop. Now you can save your changes and observe what has happened to your images.
I hope these background remove tips will be very helpful for both beginners and expert graphic designers who are very interested to know new tips and tricks every day and every moment to update their techniques. If you think you have an easier and more shortcut method to remove the background from an image, please feel free to share it in the comments.
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Mariya Gomez has been a famous Photographer and Graphic Designer at Graphic World 24 for the last 10 years. She is very expert in shooting Product Photography and doing post-production like clipping path service, background removal service, photo manipulation service tasks, etc. He hires out her skills to help people.