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Change a Background in Photoshop

How to Change a Background in Photoshop

by Waseem Abbas on May 17, 2016

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Do you want to change the background of your photo? Sometimes you need to swap out the background in your photo to give it a different look. In this article, we will show you how to change a background in Photoshop.

Change a Background Using Photoshop

First thing you need to do is open the image in Photoshop.

Next, pick the Quick Selection Tool from the toolbar on the left-hand side of your Photoshop screen.

Then make a selection on the subject area that you want to keep in the foreground.

Select Image

To perfect the edges of your selection, click on the Refine Edge button.

Refine Edge

In the Refine Edge settings, use the following values:

Radius: 1.6
Smooth: 15
Feather: 1.0
Contrast: 25

In the “Output To” dropdown menu, select the “New Layer” option.

Refine Edge Settings

Now you will see a new layer added in the Layers panel with a transparent background. (It will automatically turn off the visibility of the layer with the original background.)

Next, you’ll need to open the image that you want to use as your new background.

Go ahead and move this new background image to the original image, keeping the original image layer above the new background image layer. Your Layers panel should look as shown below:

Layers Panel

That’s it! Check the before and after image below.

Before After Change a Background

We hope this article has helped you to learn how to change a background in Photoshop. You may also want to check out our guide on how to achieve blurry background using Photoshop.

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