Quick Tip: I had a photographer write me today and ask how to change a mottled backdrop. She shot some senior pictures and the schools are requiring a brown backdrop. She only has blue.
Short of buying a brown one, here is a super easy way to fix this problem. I typed directions on the screenshots, but since the text looks small – I typed them out here too.
1. select paint brush
2. make a duplicate layer (ctrl or command) + the shift and the “n” key.
3. pick a paint color – so if you want to change the blue to brown, pick brown as your foreground color.
4. in your layer’s palette, change the blending mode from normal to Color (as circled).
5. paint on your photo (the background) where you need it to be a different color.
6. Do not worry if you paint too much. The photo on the right shows an outline of my brush and where I painted. The blue is parts not yet painted.
7. Once you finish, add a layer mask, as shown in the next screen shot.
8. Use black paint on the mask to paint back any areas where you spilled onto the subject.
9. all done – that was easy!
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