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Apr 03, 2014

How to Draw Attention to Your Subject in Photoshop

How to Draw Attention to Your Subject in Photoshop

Photographing a subject on a blank (seamless) backdrop is very common in the studio and will give you a nice clean look. Sometimes you may find yourself wanting to add some interest to the backdrop in Photoshop and this episode is perfect for showing you how it is done. There are many ways to add interest to a background, but this is one of the simplest and most effective.

We start out by using the clone stamp tool to copy some of the flowers from the headdress onto a new layer. Then we convert each of the two layers to black and white and change the blending modes to “soft light”, this gives a subtle texture to the background. After scaling the layers a bit larger to fit the background we use a layer mask on their group to make the effect only visible on the background.

Draw Attention to Your Subject

Photoshop is a great tool when it comes to drawing attention to your subject. You can use things like color, saturation, sharpening, and exposure to draw the viewers eye to a specific part of an image. In this tutorial we show you a great technique for sharpening just part of your images, helping the subject’s eyes stand out.

Coloring

Coloring your image in Photoshop is fairly easy and can give you effects that would be very hard to capture straight out of camera. We color the background a bit on the cool side and then add some warmth using curves over the subject’s face to help bring attention to that area.

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    Kathy

    Great tutorial Aaron. I’m wondering if you can do the same sort of changes to a black background. I recently photographed someone on a plain black backdrop and now I’m regretting the choice, but I love how my subject looks and don’t want to give up on the images just yet. Any thoughts? Suggestions?

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      Phlearn

      Hi Kathy! Yes, you can certainly make the same kind of changes to any color background, and doing it on a black background might be a good idea for a tutorial. Thanks for the input!

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    rued

    ….and again an awesome tut. thanks aaron for all your tuts. i love it

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      Phlearn

      Thanks for the kind words, Alex! Do you have any suggestions for tutorials you’d like to see in the future?

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        Alex Hochstrasser

        Yeah, tonight I’m making myself into an old person in Photoshop and I’d like to see how Aaron approaches it. Also creating a beard from scratch using custom brushes might be interesting as well.

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      Phlearn

      We are discussing this idea! Phlearn shirts may be in your future….

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    Ray Mez

    This tutorial made my new images look like candy! I love it. Thanks again

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    msn

    I have been seeing lots of references to the Phlearn tutorials lately in forums and in FB discussions (with good reason, of course). Your tutorials just blow me away. I am always excited to see a new Phlearn email in my inbox. You guys rock! Thanks so much.