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How To Change Background Color in Photoshop (Fast & Easy!)

September 7, 2019

Hi. Welcome back to the I’m Jesus Ramirez. In this video, I’m going to show you how to
change the color of a background in Photoshop. This is going to be a fast and easy technique
that anyone should be able to follow along, even if you’re a beginner. Okay, let’s get started. We’re going to work with
this image of this model. She is, of course, in a white background,
and what we’re going to do is change the background color to anything that we want. For this tutorial so that you can follow along,
your image will need a white background. If your image does not have a white background,
then I have a tutorial on making backgrounds. I’ll place a link down below in the description. Once you get your white background you can
come back and follow this tutorial. The first step is to make a selection out
of our model so we can separate her from the background, and we can use the quick selection
tool for that. In older versions of Photoshop you can just
click and drag and make a selection out of our model. But in Photoshop CC 2019, you actually have
the select subject button which is a button that uses artificial intelligence,
known as Adobe Sensei, to analyze an image and select the subject of the image. So when you click on this button, Photoshop
will ask you if you want to discard any active selections. I do want to discard it so I’m going to press
okay. Then it will analyze the image and make a
selection, and in this case, it made a really, really good selection. There’s only a couple of areas
that we need to fix. If you zoom in, you can see that I missed
the fingers and maybe the corner of her hand there next to the hat, and we can easily fix
that by pressing the Q key on keyboard. That enters a quick mask mode and you can
use the brush tool. So you paint with black or white to select
for these pixels. I have black as my foreground color so that means that I can zoom in
and paint away the white next to her hand. So anything that is in red will be hidden. So I want to hide these white pixels, and
I also want to pan over by holding the space bar to this area and just make a really quick
selection here. So remember, anything I’m painting with black
will turn red and it will be hidden. And you don’t want to spend too much time
fine tuning these areas just yet. See how the result looks after we apply the
color and if it looks good, then don’t worry about it. If you need to refine it,
then come back and refine it. I always tell people not to refine their selections
until they’re sure that they’re going to keep them or even need them. Sometimes you don’t need to refine the selections
because in the composite those little imperfections are not noticeable. Other times, you may not even
need the selection at all. So if you spend a lot of time fine tuning,
it’s a waste of time. So fine tune at the end. I’m going to double click on the hand tool
to fit the image to screen, and you’ll notice that we have a really good selection around
our model, and that’s what we need. I’m going to press Q once again. The margin edge will come back, and you will
see that we selected those areas that we painted on. The next step is to create the fill layer
that we’re going to use to make the background a different color, and we’re going to use
a solid color adjustment layer. So I’m going to select it from the adjustment
layer menu and I can select the color. I’ll just select red for now and press okay. The problem now is that we actually have the
color inside the model, not outside. So we can simply solve that by clicking on
the layer mask icon and clicking on the invert button in the properties panel. So once I click on invert, those colors invert,
and now the red is outside and the model is in front. The problem that we have now is that the shadow
is not showing and I would like for my shadow to show. That way, this effect looks more realistic. The easiest way of blending the images so
that the shadow shows up is by using a blending mode. Which allows us to blend the two images together,
and the blending mode that I’m going to use is Multiply. So once I select multiply, notice the shadow
comes back and the image looks much better. You can even see some of the strands of hair
underneath her hat. At this point you can just double click on
the solid color thumbnail so that you can click and drag and select a different color. For example, maybe we’ll go for a blue-green
color like this one, and you can change the intensity of the color by clicking and dragging
within the window, and you can fine tune it any way that you like, and you can press OK
when you’re done. You can, of course, use the zoom tool, zoom
in and make sure that everything is looking good, and I think that for the most part everything
looks really good and I don’t think I need to fine tune anything else. So I’m going to zoom back out. And just like that, you’ve changed the color
of a background. I would like to ask you for two quick favors. If you enjoy this tutorial and you think that
it will help you in your creative projects, then go ahead and click on that like button
now and let me know in the comments below how you plan on using this technique. I hope that you enjoy this tutorial. If you’re new to the Photoshop Training Channel,
then don’t forget to click on that subscribe and notification buttons. And I will see you at the next tutorial.


  • Reply Nadeen Sivic April 16, 2019 at 11:37 am

    fabulous tutorial – much more straightforward than other channels I've watched. Great for beginners like me! thankyou.

  • Reply Kshitij Shrestha April 16, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    where do i get pics to photoshop i can't find any photos that are original and need photoshops. Can you help me out?

  • Reply DVMS 2018 April 16, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    A great lesson there sir. Liked, Commented and Subscribed. I used this method to add a car in to my garage for a video I'm producing.

  • Reply Verzo Music April 18, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Clear! Thanks for sharing this

  • Reply Eddienom April 23, 2019 at 5:20 am


  • Reply GoodNoon April 25, 2019 at 4:05 am

    This was great!

  • Reply Haris Khattak April 25, 2019 at 10:50 am

    If background is not white if photo is capture in outside or other natural atmosphere then how we can change

  • Reply Queen sheedah April 26, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    You just gave me the feeling of a pro photoshop user. im going to be taking pictures for my friend's one year old and ive been wondering how i can change the background of the photos to whatever colors i want without buying a backdrop. THANKS FOR THIS TUTORIAL

  • Reply Puot Rambang April 29, 2019 at 4:51 am

    The best tutorial i ever watch since i started using Photoshop. Would mad if i don't subscribe. thank you.

  • Reply shantae johnson May 1, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Amazing! Fast and efficient!

  • Reply Nickelodeon ll May 1, 2019 at 2:04 pm


  • Reply Whitney Welshimer May 1, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    THANK YOU! I've seen so many tutorials on this that don't address how to maintain the shadows. Great video!

  • Reply Champak Chetia May 1, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Select subject in not available in my PS cc 2018 . Why???

  • Reply PrincessAnuTv May 3, 2019 at 9:44 am

    This is beautiful… thank you

  • Reply Andersons Adventures May 4, 2019 at 11:51 am

    You made it soooo sooo easy and understandable I’m about to try it now !

  • Reply Shaji Maroli May 11, 2019 at 5:48 am

    easy steps to change the background…

  • Reply Tigran Grigorian May 12, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Super helpful tutorial, thank you

  • Reply yara saoud May 14, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    so helpful, thank you

  • Reply Nicu Castravet May 15, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply Artistica Factory May 16, 2019 at 5:41 am

    Excellent tutorial, So helpful, Thank you so much!

  • Reply Noel Mis May 17, 2019 at 4:39 am

    Informative video thank you. I uploaded mine on how to change background too. hope you check it too.. thank you

  • Reply adem gamer May 17, 2019 at 11:12 am

    your tutorial is so good

  • Reply Imran Zaman May 22, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    very easy to follow, easy to implement, thank you so much!

  • Reply Harish Singh May 29, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    I ❤️ your work sir, 👍👍 from 🇮🇳

  • Reply dish care May 30, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Thank you PTC!

  • Reply Noel Nithyaraj May 31, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Wonder full, Thank you

  • Reply John Osne May 31, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks sir

  • Reply Bamidele Samson June 3, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    I love this… God bless you 😍

  • Reply Designer DK June 5, 2019 at 11:50 pm


  • Reply Syed Asif Ali June 8, 2019 at 8:21 am


  • Reply Mom Luceeh June 8, 2019 at 9:09 am

    im planning on using this technique to edit photos for my husband band.

  • Reply Rupinder S. Chopra June 8, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Nice video for beginners

  • Reply Garrett George June 8, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Looks terrible around hair. I see why you used a photo with a hat.

  • Reply Rahadhiwardaya M June 9, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    please choose a pic that doesn't wear a hat

  • Reply DaDangerDog June 11, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    This method only really works if your subject is clearly defined with enough contrast from your background. I'd love to see how you'd use color frequency to separate subject from background or something.

  • Reply King Rush Productions June 11, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    This worked you are a pro!!!

  • Reply Bash Mutumba June 14, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    This is so helpful. Much gratitude all the way from Uganda 🇺🇬

  • Reply Wikus Prinsloo June 17, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Thank you so much! This really helped me. Now I can make good Youtube thumbnails!

  • Reply Mauria Moore June 23, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Ive always changed my backgrounds in my photos to different colors, but I've always gone a different and much more complex route. I think from here on out I'm going to use this routine.. Perfect.

  • Reply ANMI37 June 23, 2019 at 3:45 pm


  • Reply Ghananie Photography June 24, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    this is a life saver! thanks very much

  • Reply Delicious June 24, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    i plan on using this for fun.
    Just taking pictures.
    I’ve also got a really cool idea that will turn out to be cool.

  • Reply bryanm621 June 25, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    You saved my life! Thank you

  • Reply DJ B.I Young June 25, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    I just need to stick with your teaching and stop jumping around

  • Reply 10 Very Intelligent Levels June 29, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Yeah man Select Subject and refine the mask manually. So many users are ignorant of new features when they come out. If you are in love with your craft you must learn all the tools and be up to date.

  • Reply sukh gill June 29, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Very clear and easy to understand technique , Thank you 🙏

  • Reply Brian McCollum July 1, 2019 at 3:28 am

    If there are areas I missed that are still the old color how to I refine after your last step.

  • Reply sameer mulla July 2, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Hi sir…I Dint get the invert option in my PS ….please let me know my problem

  • Reply Hendrix Imonitie July 3, 2019 at 11:38 am

    What is the name of this app?

  • Reply Artist Sadaf Shah July 5, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Superb Thank you so much ❤️ 🙂

  • Reply Tech Wajid July 8, 2019 at 1:42 pm


  • Reply ENOW-MBI EMMANUEL July 8, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Which editing app can I download for Windows please, I'm new to the stuff

  • Reply Zin Madi July 9, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Those sweet mini tips! Thanks teacher! <3

  • Reply Kamrul Hasan Murad July 10, 2019 at 3:39 pm


  • Reply jama ahmed July 11, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Thank you

  • Reply Oyeleye sanmi July 11, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Good tutorial

  • Reply Avishek Halder July 11, 2019 at 3:54 am

    thank you very did a awesome job.

  • Reply Shashank Kaushik July 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

    which photoshop you use for this video can you tell me for helping

  • Reply Kylie marie Ehlers July 13, 2019 at 5:24 am

    is this free?

  • Reply AVLN July 15, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    When he started filling in those white areas after using Quick Mask, I know he selected brush to draw but when I tried to do the same it wouldn't fill anything. Help?

  • Reply AVLN July 15, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    When he started filling in those white areas after using Quick Mask, I know he selected brush to draw but when I tried to do the same it wouldn't fill anything. Help?

  • Reply YUVARAJ THIRUNAVUKKARASU July 19, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    How can Change a background in Android mobile ?
    Could you help me ??

  • Reply Kunal Saini July 20, 2019 at 7:05 am

    Where we get the properties pannel

  • Reply Julián Trejos Zelaya July 20, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    thank you so much.

  • Reply Gio Lee July 23, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Awesome tutorial. Quick and simple 💯

  • Reply Pablo Pernia July 23, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    ¡Hey man! Thanks for this tutorial but I'm having a little trouble with the color, after I applied "Multiply" the color change for example to a dark blue, isn't not like your video that's keep the same color as you see on the color selector.

  • Reply Gerald Genzonn July 24, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Hi thank you for video tutorial, but i just want to ask what version of photoshop you use if you dont mind it, thanks again

  • Reply Cheryle Hargett July 25, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    I am a product photographer and I am creating two posters that need identically colored backgrounds. This worked beautifully and I know I will use it again. Thank you!!!

  • Reply AVIBEND July 28, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I've been looking for this type of simple and well communicated tutorial. Thank you! Would be nice to include a fine tuning method when hair is involved in the selection.

  • Reply Story of Elvis July 29, 2019 at 3:28 am

    I plan to get a white backdrop tomorrow to try this out 🔥🔥

  • Reply payuer daniel tuytuy July 29, 2019 at 10:47 am

    you are so amazing keep going
    you are doing slow so interesting

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  • Reply Bunni Notes July 31, 2019 at 4:15 am

    finally I understand how cosplayers have such a nice background. Its p dangerous for me to take a selfie with my messy room xD

  • Reply Shashank Kaushik August 1, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    very good way to teach sharp things thanks alot

  • Reply jane James August 1, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you. You made learning so easy. I truly enjoyed your video and I learned a lot.

  • Reply Moester August 4, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    what is the photo he used

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  • Reply Ali Malik August 6, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Very Nice Video Dear 💯/💯,
    Video Liked & Channel Subscribed.
    Keep continue Good work.

  • Reply Vivian Del Valle August 6, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Clear and simple. Very useful. Thanks!

  • Reply maykia hang August 7, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Using this technique to save money on backdrop paper

  • Reply NVN CLIP August 8, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    thank u a lot

  • Reply Ghazalona August 10, 2019 at 9:03 am

    dear sir plz provide the link of sample image on which u made the video

  • Reply hey August 10, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    It won't allow me to select the tiny areas

  • Reply suwandy kartono August 15, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    if my photo have light grey background color, is it possible to do that?

  • Reply Randika Jayasinghe August 16, 2019 at 5:42 am

    very helpful. Thank u

  • Reply Kitchen Products August 17, 2019 at 5:07 am

    v good technique

  • Reply Mohammad Ammar August 17, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Thanks. 🙂

  • Reply allen W August 18, 2019 at 1:17 am

    you skipped over many things in this tutorial. left me wondering what to do at some stages.

  • Reply Miguel Litos200 August 19, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Thanks brother

  • Reply dimple saili August 21, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Thanks a lot…very easiest way

  • Reply Paula Campbell August 22, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Easy breezy tutorial. Thanks!!!

  • Reply Ali Tom August 26, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    i love you man thanks

  • Reply ThahiR RizvaN August 27, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    The tool doesn't come out that well… in my case….Any other options?

  • Reply Manuel Martinico August 30, 2019 at 3:06 am

    very useful

  • Reply Luqhaqeemlutfan September 2, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Thank you very much !

  • Reply My Show My Talks September 4, 2019 at 7:57 am

    so helpful thanks

  • Reply Hammy boy Tz September 5, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    thank u so much it helps me much to change background

  • Reply Swid Pat September 6, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Simple and explicit. Love it!

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  • Reply Best games 2019 September 6, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    100% good job

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