How To Change a Background In Photoshop 2022
This tutorial is for beginners, but I will use advanced masking techniques that I’m sure you’ll love! You can download the tutorial image from my website. The link is in the description, or you can open the files directly from Photoshop! Go into the Discover panel by clicking on this icon or pressing Ctrl F on Windows. Command F on the Mac. Then click on Hands-on tutorials and go to the Selected Mask section and click on this tutorial. Or you can type “Replace a product shot background” in the search bar.
Next, click on the tutorial and press the blue “Start Tutorial” button to open the images in Photoshop. The first step is to select the headphones. You can easily select the headphones by using Artificial Intelligence. Go into the select menu and choose Subject. This will use Artificial Intelligence, known as Adobe Sensei, to analyze the image and select the main subject. The Select Subject command did a good job in selecting the headphones, but it’s not perfect. It included the white area in the middle. To subtract this white area, select the Quick Selection Tool from the Toolbar. It is nested under the Object Selection Tool. Next, you need to configure the tool so that it subtracts from the active selection. There are two ways of doing that. From the Options bar, you can click on the Subtract icon. That’s the third icon from the left. Or even better, you can simply hold the Alt key on Windows. That’s the Option key on the Mac and click-and-drag over the white area to subtract from the selection. Next, click on the Add Layer Mask icon to create a layer mask from the active selection.
This will hide the white background. The next step is to bring back the shadows that were found up against a white background so that the composite looks more realistic. To do so, duplicate the layer. You can go into Layer. New Layer Via Copy. To bring the white background back, click on the black and white Layer Mask thumbnail of the original headphones layer. The focus, the white outline, will appear around the Layer Mask thumbnail indicating that this layer mask is active. Then invert the Layer mask so that the headphones are hidden in the background is revealed. You can do so in one of two ways. You can press Ctrl I on Windows, that’s Command I on the Mac or you can go into Image. Adjustments. Invert. What we need to do now is hide the white pixels of the background and only keep the dark tones that reveal the original shadow of the headphones. To do so, we can use a Blending Mode. Click on the Blending Mode dropdown and select Multiply. The Multiply Blending Mode hides the white pixels and keeps the darker ones.
Next, we’re going to create an adjustment layer to control the intensity of the shadow. You can create adjustment layers in several ways. You can click on the New Adjustment Layer icon and select Levels. Or you can go into Layer. New Adjustment Layer. And select Levels. Make sure that you check this box to clip the adjustment layer to the layer below so that this adjustment layer only affects the shadow layer and press OK. If you created the Levels Adjustment Layer through the New Adjustment Layer icon then from the Properties panel, make sure that you click on this icon to apply the Clipping Mask. This down-pointing arrow indicates that this adjustment layer will only affect the layer directly below it. Next from the Properties panel click and drag on this Gamma slider. This slider in the center, to control the intensity of the shadow. You can set it to about 0.65 to darken the shadow so that it’s more visible on the surface of the wooden table. This technique works well on product photos that have a white background where you want to use the original shadow on the new background. By the way, make sure to check out my other In-App tutorials like the one on creating the window reflection effect.