How to quickly and easily replace your portrait background


posted Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 11:45 AM EST


In a new video tutorial for Adorama, Gavin Hoey shows us how to quickly replace a background for a portrait.

If you work in a small studio space, you are often limited by what backgrounds you can use. Fortunately, if you shoot with compositing in mind, it can be easy to replace your backdrop in Photoshop. If you'd like to follow along with Hoey in the tutorial below, click here to download the portrait backdrop he uses.

While you only need basic compositing skills, it's still important to do a few things in the studio to make your job easier. Make note of the direction of lighting on the background you eventually want to composite into your final image and do your best to limit shadows on your in-studio backdrop. It makes it easier to cut out your subject if your background is solid and evenly lit.

For more tutorial like this, head over to Adorama's YouTube channel and Gavin Hoey's website.

(Via Adorama