Being able to quickly turn studio backgrounds into clean, solid-colored backgrounds is an important skill for any photographer or photo editor.
Follow along and learn how to clean up studio backgrounds in Photoshop! Make detailed cutouts of subjects (including hair and fabric), adjust lighting and color, and place subjects on pure black and pure white backgrounds.
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
4 Sample Images
2 Sample PSDs
Table of Contents
01 - What You'll Learn
Example 1 - Pure White Background
01 - Lightroom to Photoshop Workflow
02 - Cutting Out the Subject
03 - Coloring & Object Removal
Example 2 - Pure Black Background
01 - Cutting Out the Subject & Extending the Background
Learn how to take your RAW images from Lightroom to Photoshop and back again, removing distractions and turning a busy background into a clean, solid color.
CREATE PURE WHITE BACKGROUNDS
Clean Up Studio Backgrounds in Photoshop
If you’re a studio photographer, you know that shooting in a studio setting gives you the most amount of precision and control. And when you want to clean up your images, you need a post-production workflow to match. Learn how to import RAW images into Lightroom, send them to Photoshop for editing, and then load those edits into Lightroom for export.
Pure Black & Pure White Backgrounds
One of the most common requests you’ll get as a photographer or photo editor is to place a person or product onto a clean background. We show you professional techniques to take a subject captured on a busy studio background, and then replace the background with solid white or black.
Lightroom to Photoshop Workflow
Photographers love Lightroom. Photo editors love Photoshop. We love both! Learn a professional workflow that allows you to leverage the strengths of both programs, importing, organizing, and exporting images with Lightroom, and performing high-end edits with Photoshop. New to Lightroom? Check out the comprehensive Beginner’s Guide to Lightroom Classic.
CREATE ACCURATE SELECTIONS
Precision Layer Masks
Cutting out a person or product is one thing, but what do you do when that person or product isn’t entirely in focus? Learn how to cut out a subject and then adjust the Layer Mask to account for areas that are out of focus and for areas that are blurred by motion.
Whether you work with food, people, or products, the techniques you’ll learn in this course will help you quickly and accurately remove any background and replace it with a clean, solid color.
Advertising, Print & Web
Clean backgrounds make it possible to seamlessly integrate subjects into a website or advertisement and work more freely with typography. If you want to work in professional image creation and design, then these are essential skills that can help you in a wide variety of situations.
Professional RAW Workflow
Work with RAW
If you’re looking for polished, professional results, you’ll want to work with RAW files throughout your entire post-production workflow. Learn how to import RAW images into Lightroom, send them over to Photoshop for precision editing, and then load those edits into Lightroom for your final exports.
Advanced Object Removal
Learn how to remove objects and distractions from a photo by covering them up with common tools like the Clone Stamp Tool and Spot Healing Brush Tool. Then, hide your work by recreating the natural noise and texture in the original photo. Master these tools and more in How to Remove Anything in Photoshop!
Accurate Selections with the Pen Tool
Photoshop has a ton of both automated and manual tools for making cutouts and selections. But when you need maximum precision, the Pen Tool should be your go-to. Learn how to use the Pen Tool to make ultra-accurate selections, while combining it with other tools to tackle softer, more detailed areas.
PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor
Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.