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Portrait Backgrounds for Photoshop

Create A Portrait Studio Background With Photoshop


Adobe Photoshop tutorial image.Written by Steve Patterson. In this Photoshop Effects tutorial, we’ll learn how to quickly and easily create a simple photo studio background in Photoshop which can then be used to make any portrait-style photo look as if it was taken in an actual photo studio, even if it was really taken in your office, your kitchen, your neighbor’s backyard, or basically any place other than a photo studio. As with most Photoshop effects, this background works best when used with the right type of photo, so since we’re trying to make it appear as if the photo was taken in a portrait studio, it helps if the person in the photo is dressed nicely, hair in place, and sitting in one of those completely unnatural portrait studio poses.

One other thing to keep in mind before we begin… If you’re planning on taking a photo to use with this background, try to have the person (or people) sit in front of a plain white background if possible when you take the shot, since that will make it much easier to select them in the original photo when you go to move them in front of this new background we’re about to create.

Here’s the image I’ll be using for this tutorial:

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Obviously, this photo wasn’t taken inside a studio, but here’s how it will look when we’re done:

The final result.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Create A New Photoshop Document Set To 72 Pixels/Inch

To begin, we need to create a new Photoshop document, so go up to the File menu at the top of the screen and choose New, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N (Win) / Command+N (Mac). Either way brings up Photoshop’s New Document dialog box. Let’s use a standard size of 8×10 inches for our new document, so I’ll select that from the list of Preset sizes.Adobe Photoshop tutorial Photoshop effects image. inch for my Resolution value:

Create a new Photoshop document set to 8×10 inches at 72 pixels/inch.

Now, if you know anything about image resolution and print quality, you’re probably wondering why I’ve set my resolution to only 72 pixels/inch, which is far lower than the professional print quality resolution of 300 pixels/inch, and you’re most likely thinking that if we go to print this image at only 72 pixels/inch, it’s going to look rather horrible, and you’d be right. There’s no way we can print our image at such a low resolution and expect it to look good. Don’t worry though, we won’t be leaving it like this.

Adobe Photoshop tutorial Photoshop effects image.The reason we’re starting off at only 72 pixels/inch is because we’re going to be using Photoshop’s Clouds filter to help us create our background, and the Clouds filter is resolution-dependent and only works well at low resolutions. If we tried to use the Clouds filter at 300 pixels/inch, we’d get a whole bunch of really small clouds instead of a few large ones, and we want the larger ones for this effect. I’ll show you what I mean in just a moment. For now though, go ahead and create your new document by clicking OK in the top right corner of the dialog box.

Step 2: Fill The New Document With Black

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FAQ

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Photoshop portrait background?

How do you edit a picture and make the background one color completely? it has to blend in really well though


like this :

http://kcelphotography.deviantart.com/art/retro-78138767
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and taking pictures with a wall completely one color doesn't count (:

I took several pictures of the sky, a sheet, sunsets, etc. And paste the cut-out subject into them.

I may elaborate from my computer. The iPhone can b tedious when it comes to long messages. :-)

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Family portrait photoshop tutorial?

Does anyone know a photoshop tutorial they can link to me that uses photoshop essentials. i want to turn an ordinary family portrait into one that looks like it was professionally taken (with all the lighting). i also want to change the background to a subtle one (the original background is cluttered). any ideas on how to do that as well?

thank you

What you are trying to do is extremely difficult to do. There is no simple way to change the way the lighting looks from what you had in the original. If you want to change the background, then the best tool to use in CS5 is the Refine Edge tool. You can search youtube for "photoshop refine edge tutorial", this will give you a hundred or so tutorials to watch.

Getting good results making changes like this takes practice too.

You might also consider just blurring the background. You will need to make a duplicate layer, blur it, then erase the part…

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