Add color and pop to your gray background with this quick tip in Photoshop


posted Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:00 AM EDT


If you shoot portraits with a gray background, it is very easy to change the background color in Photoshop. Jeff Rojas shows us how in a new video tutorial.

The first step is to create a clean selection of the background. Head up to "Select" in the menu bar and then choose “Color Range.” After doing so, you will focus on the neutral gray background using the eyedropper tool. Hold the Shift key and click on additional areas that weren’t correctly selected using the eyedropper tool. Hold “Option” and click on areas to remove them from the selection. You can use the fuzziness slider to further adjust your selection.

Next, create a curves adjustment layer. You will be using the adjustment layer to add color to your gray background. In this case, Rojas wants to make the background pink so he selected the “red” channel and moves the midtones area of the curve up. Use the paint brush tool to paint black over any areas where you don’t want the color to be adjusted, such as the eyes in the example below. That’s all there is to it!

(Via ISO 1200)