Well, a background in a photo refers to the surface that appears to be further from the viewer. It is the surface that gives the setting of what is being captured.
For instance, if an image of a flower is captured against a wall, the flower becomes the main object of interest, while the wall becomes the background.
The background can be changed to plain white, for reasons I will have reviewed below. Why edit your photos to have a white background;
To capture the viewer’s attention
If you are taking an image of an object, you may capture a few things in the background that may distract the viewer. If you want the viewer to concentrate on your point of interest fully, you may have to edit the background to white.
A white background is super cool
A white background
usually comes out as cool and somewhat sophisticated. The photos come out like
some considerable investment was put in taking them. If a white background is
properly put, the photos may appear like it was taken using a high-end DSLR
camera while a smartphone just took it.
Saves you the stress of choosing an
If you are
running a website or a blog, it may be hectic to choose an appropriate and
presentable background for your photos. If you settle for a white background,
you will forget the stress of having to search for a presentable workspace to
take your photos.
Emphasizes the colors
background brings out the color of the image you are capturing. If you want to
emphasize the color aspect of your photo clearly, a white background is a way
Step by step on how to change to a
white background in Photoshop c6
open the image of interest
then select ‘open’ on the menu on top of your screen. Your image will pop on
duplicate of the layers
windows labeled ‘layers.’ Drag the layer to the button called ‘new’ on the
‘layers’ section. This action would duplicate the layers. You could rename the
Now that you
have a new layer, you will be required to create a white background using the
‘image’ on the top of your screen. Slide to ‘adjustments’ and choose ‘level’ to
open the menu.
sliders in the levels menu you opened. Adjust the slider until the image is
purely white. Adjust the grey and white sliders to the left direction to create
a whiter look and to lighten the image.
following steps to duplicate the image again.
layer to the ‘new’ button found on the ‘layers’ section.
created layer. It should be something different from how you renamed the first
Now that you
have your first layer adding a layer mask is done by
the first layer
button labeled ‘add layer mask’ on the layers panel. The new layer mask will
pop on the right side of the first layer.
‘brush tool’ on the tools panel. Alternatively, pressing ‘B’ on your keyboard
would equally work.
‘hard round’ brush and increase its ‘opacity to 100%
color of the hard round brush by clicking the ‘layer mask’ in the white square
on the right side of the first layer. Change the color of the brush to black.
To paint out
the background, use the color is chosen and the brush style. Paint out the
background. You will see the background lighten while the image remains dark.
To build up
the ‘black’ on the layer mask, release it and click once more. This action will
build up up the darkness and brightness on areas required.
This action informs Photoshop what parts of the image are the background, and what is the point of focus. Once you are done with the process, save your progress. The entire process would result in a photo with a pure white background.