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Cleaning Up Your Background in Photoshop: 101

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Dec 10

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Cleaning Up Your Background

It can be tough to see if your white background really is 100% white. Often times what looks white or black on your computer screen is just a shade off or it contains patches of other colors or dirt. In today’s episode we cover how to create a few layers to check the purity of your background and go over some great techniques on how to get your background picture perfect.

Creating a Studio at Your House

It is amazing what you can do at your own house to make it look like you are shooting in a professional studio. Start with a Savage Seamless Background Paper, 107 wide x 12 yards (Inch), Super White, One and some stands and you are well on your way to creating studio portraits. The great thing about shooting on seamless is that it hides everything, so whatever is on either side of the seamless doesn’t matter. This includes your garage, your kitchen, or your crazy dog. Here is a quick Wish List to get you up and running your home studio.

This Week’s Contest

This week is all about SQUARE CROP. Submit your best image in a square crop in a comment below for a chance to win a Phlearn PRO Tutorial as well as have your image edited on Phlearn!

Last Week’s Winners

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Simply add your image to a comment below. Please only submit one image each week. You're submitting images to be edited, so don't do too much Photoshop beforehand. We want to teach not just how, but why edits are being made.

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If on a mac, close and reopen Photoshop every hour or so – speeds things up a bit.