A-103: REPLACING THE BACKGROUND IN YOUR PHOTOS
REPLACING THE BACKGROUND IN YOUR PHOTOS
INSTRUCTOR: CHUCK ALMAREZ
2-part Class: Tuesdays, June 15 & 22, 7pm-9pm
Sometimes you won’t be able to control the background of a photo, and a distracting background can ruin your work. In this class you will learn how to replace a background in a photo with one that is more desirable. You will learn how to make a selection, how to select and/or create an image for the background, and how to seamlessly combine the two images together. I will discuss and demonstrate several methods of background replacement using Photoshop tools and techniques. A basic understanding of Photoshop would be best to get the most from this class.
- SELECTING THE SUBJECT (OR THE BACKGROUND) FROM YOUR IMAGE: You will learn which subjects work best and which Photoshop tools to use to make the best selection of your subject or your background.
- KEEPING THE SUBJECT GROUNDED: This is essential to keep the subject from “floating against a new background.
- FINDING OR CREATING YOUR OWN BACKGROUNDS: Ready-made backgrounds are available from a variety of online sources, but you can also easily make backgrounds from your own images.
- SEAMLESSLY BLENDING THE NEW BACKGROUND WITH THE SUBJECT: Subject edges need to blend with the new background so it looks like it belongs. Blending includes attention to the direction of light, modifying edge hardness, and maintaining the overall uniformity of color and color temperature.