How To Change to Studio Photography Design Photoshop Elements Background 2018 15 14 13 Tutorial


Hi I’m George Peirson, and these are just a few examples from some of the training videos I have here on YouTube. Now when you’re working with the training following along the training if you want to get the materials I used in the training just go to the description down below and click on the link. It’s at the top of the description and this will take you to a page where you can download the materials. Please Subscribe, click the Like button, and of course always Share on Facebook, Twitter or wherever, I really appreciate that. Okay, let’s go ahead and get started with the video. In this Photoshop Elements video we’re going to take this photograph over here, this was possibly taken outside, hard to say. We’re going to take this photograph and change the background and give it a custom photo studio style background. Fairly straightforward and most the work is actually involved in making that studio style background in there. Okay let’s go ahead and see how this whole process is done I’m just going to get rid of this one here and we’ll start by making a new file file new blank file now set it at the default Photoshop Elements size and then just reverse these two sizes here so make the width 4 and the height 6 and I’ll leave that at 300 pixels per inch choose ok there we go there’s our basic file let’s now go back over here to the girl image and I’ll grab the background just drag it over here and drop it in like that we can then close that so we not have the picture of the girl inside that file notice how the picture image is a little bit larger than the background so we a little bit of flexibility here I’m moving this around but we’ll take a look at something which you may want to do on that give you a little more flexibility a little further on in the video maybe add a bit more at the top okay so there is the basic picture you can now hide that we’ll get back to that later let’s make a new background in here there we go here’s our new background and on this back now let me just zoom in a bit here so you can see this I think it as large as I can there we go that’s pretty good now you need to fill this with something it doesn’t matter what it is I have the colors here set at the defaults for ground black background white if you don’t have that just click the little icon right there now then set those to foreground background just take the paint bucket and fill it with black again it doesn’t matter what it is you just have to have some pixels on this layer now over on the filter menu come down to render and clouds there we go now the way this works is it creates a random pattern in here if I do this again you’ll see that we get a different pattern this time so render clouds different patterns do that one more time render clouds different patterns so it’s a random pattern that you get and it’s made up of the background and foreground colors there’s the background color white here’s a foreground and it’s a random made from those two if you want to have this in color will be colorizing are the different technique but you can start out with a color just choose a colored foreground and background colors in there and the cloud will then be made up of your background foreground colors and then blending between those two colors okay step one new layer clouds for the background we’re now going to blur this out a little bit so back up to the filter and come down to blur go to the Gaussian blur and I have mine set at 30 pixels so just type in right there 30 and you can see that you click over here to preview Thursday’s before and here it is after it’s kind of softens that up and choose okay now at this point is actually too soft this tube to blend it and we’re going to be fixing this by adding in some texture back into this in just a couple of steps but first the next thing I wanted does I want to darken the corners down in here easy way to do that if you have a newer version of Photoshop Elements is the correct camera distortion filter click on that go here it says vignette and darken take that slider control push it all the way the left-hand side it just darkens down those corners like that so there we go it gives us our darkened corners now if you don’t have that tool you can just take a soft brush and set it at about 50% just kind of paint in the corners let me just demonstrate that quickly here I’m going to so I’m just going to make a new layer here I’ll do it on this layer just for demonstration purposes and back out again this is if you don’t have that filter the correct camera distortion filter okay take your black paint brush and set this size pretty large like about 500 pixels maybe so it’s pretty good size there we go and soft brush make sure you’re running from a soft brush not a hard brush set the opacity about halfway down about 50 or so and then just kind of come in here and do that on the corners darken the corners down and you can adjust the amount in here with the opacity to get just the darken effect that you want so it can be done as you can see just using another layer and then darkening down with the paintbrush but the best way if you have it is that photo distortion footer does a real nice clean job on that okay let’s just zoom in again there we are next thing I want to do now is I want to colorize this so let’s go over here to enhance and get on the right layer there we go enhance come down to adjust color hue saturation and I want to have this into the blue range over here you’re going to be dusting our saturation and lightness but I want to colorize the black-and-white first so click on the colorize option down here it puts the hue clear to the left hand side you can see kind of the color range in here we want it up in the blues for this and the number that I actually used you can just type this in is 2:07 that’s the blue that I used now on the saturation same thing I’ll bring the saturation down the number that I used on this is 12 you can adjust these numbers at you’ve experimented with us to see if you’d like a little different setting that’s fine and then I lighten the whole thing up a little bit in here I set this to 28 it kind of lightens the whole thing up in there so that brings our basic colors where I want them I now want to adjust the values a little bit in here and on the values we’ll be using the levels control and that’s enhance adjust lighting levels right there now on this one the histogram here shows you where all the values are 2/3 they’re bunched up kind of in the middle here it’s kind of all mid-tone values our blocks over here there’s no actual blacks right sorry there’s no actual whites if I move the white it moves the white value more towards the gradual taste of grades more towards the white and thing with that way if I move this in the grays get closer to black so this will increase the lightness and darkness of our image the bottom on the output levels this will actually decrease that and normally most of what I do is up here in the input levels but this because I’m going to be using both of these settings to get just the set that I want on this one so I’ll come in here I’m going to set the first level in here now let’s set this at 86 that’s eight point eight six like that just bring that in just a little bit and then I’ll set the black at fifty so what I’m doing is I am darkening down the darks a bit and I pushing the mid-tone values closer to white just a slight adjustment in there on that and even the white where it is now I’m going to come down here to the bottom and do a little tweak on the bottom as well to kind of get this exactly where I want it and you know they have those pushed I’m going to bring them back up again as you notice as I’ve done this though the contrast level in here has changed I’ll show you that just a second so fifty here I’ll bring the whites in a little bit or bring this down to 220 there we go so if I click off on the preview so here we go there’s the sitting without this I’m going to preview back in again and with these settings it’s kind of blended everything together has almost looks as if there’s a gray overcast over everything it kind of comes down in an even amount so that’s what our settings are down here on the levels control 50 on the black side point eight six for the mid-tone leave the whites alone on the output 50 and 220 and choose okay neck is it just about the right look for one of those professional studio backgrounds now the last thing is that there’s no text cliff we lost all of our texture when we fitted this thing out or blurred it out using the Gaussian blur I want to have some texture back in here again I didn’t want that real real rough cloud texture that we had so it would be putting in a different kind of texture in this filter and brushstrokes either get to it here or from the filter gallery this actually will bring up the filter gallery and come down to splatter right there and there’s the filter gallery there’s splatter and I have mine section still set there twenty-one for the spray radius and 12 for the smoothness so it just puts in a little bit of detail if I unclick that it’s kind of hard to see I’m going to zoom in so you can see the effect on this it’s fairly subtle there you go fairly subtle so there it is without this it’s real smooth and even here it is with kind of has some detail happening in here a bit of a texture added to it that’s what we’re doing with this one let’s now add the grill to the picture click to our layer one where the girl is that’s unhide that layer there we go I want to make a selection around the girl and then we’ll clean that selection up with the refine edge tool which is a good tool for this kind of picture so I’ll start off by using the lasso tool right there set it at a new selection make sure that feathering is set at zero push it all in to the left and that’s all good then I’ll start right down here make sure you’re on the girl layer look for that light blue outline and then I’ll start down here and just kind of come along the edge here don’t get up against the edge but stay fairly close you want to would just be want to be near the edge here he has come around the hair right there but not actually up into the figure we’ll do that part of it with a fine edge tool that’ll do a great job for us okay then down at the bottom across the bottom up the left-hand side and there is our selection okay let’s go up to select and choose refine edge I’m going to set mine at 75 on my size that should be out right there this simplifies a pretty good size for this size of picture I’ll leave all these settings at the default settings and then in here I normally use the overlay mode on this and so they come in and paint just overlapping right over though the hair and the mask just like that to stay on the hair edge and follow along the shirt and that Photoshop Elements find that actual edge for you so that really takes care of all those problems now this works out so well in this particular picture because the background is so different from the image now it’s not going to be perfect there are still some things that will need cleaning up and that’s will be doing in the next couple of steps this continue on down and get that edge there we go looks pretty good at this point let’s take this out to a new layer with layer mask what that does is it gives the original here as a safety so I don’t also back to that if I need to all right now that we are here let me show you a couple of the problems that we have on this this is just refined edge problems if I go up here to the hair this how long the edge is kind of gone white and gets a little bit thin in here there are some white outlines around the eyelashes and down here so it’s a little bit a little bit funky on that what happens is we refine it it actually gives you a transparency along that edge to help blend that in and that transparency gives you this kind of a light glow around the hair now most that is because we’re working from a white background or a very very light background but we’ll fix all of that that’s easy to do you miss hold the Alt key down zoom back out again the other problem here on this layer mask if I move the image try to rearrange it a little bit you may get something like that happen or at the top I make it a little bit happening that’s quite a ways I think that’s rockin the top if I wanted to move to look a little bit I have this thing showing or to the right there may be another line there always actually looks like we’re okay on the right hand side the problems on the left hand side and this is because the image itself is actually larger that photograph is larger than our picture in here so the picture of the girl is a little bit larger than our workspace so there’s a little bit that didn’t get caught in that layer mask so that’s easy to fix click on the layer mask look for that light blue outline make sure your color is set to black go to the paint brush and we bring the size down that was from our demo about the corners and about a hundred other looks pretty good and we set that back up to 100% there we are and just paint over that edge all I’m doing is I am extending the layer mask clean up that black part of the layer mask up there and then down by the shirt this doesn’t really matter down here because this is going to be off the screen anyway but just keep things nice and clean so there you go if you find yourself moving the image around a little bit and you have a white line like that just clean that up on the layer mask move it over a bit painted out and then you have little bit more space to work with I kind of like her right in that position that looks pretty good okay let’s now take care of that lightness that’s around that edge and the hair up here and the eyelashes so go over to the image side double click on the image sine look for that light blue outline there we go and let’s go up here to this tool now this is the burn tool right there the default is the Dodge tool so look for that tool then down here in the options click on the burn tool set the range to the highlights because look with that that white area in there and they get a nice sized brush kind of that size and that is on line 54% are about 50% and 85 pixels is about the right size and this now zoom in on this we’re going to kind of see the hairs in there those light hairs I’ll hold the shift key down and I can actually actually the spacebar and move that over back to our burn tool when I’m going to be doing I’m going to be burning that edge a little bit predominantly that hair and it’s going to darken the hearing so right there it taking that light here making that light hair dark hold the spacebar down to move the image and then just go over that edge and darken that down the reason why I said that at 50% was that this wouldn’t be too strong of an effect it gives me a little bit of a chance to go back and forth a bit to adjust that I don’t want to light or darken this down I’m going to have that kind of a highlight but do want to have the edges a little bit darker and there’s that hair in there I don’t want to darken down her skin but I’m gonna get the edges in here a bit better there we go the same thing around the eyelashes just like that and then right down here darken down the edge of that hair it gets rid of that a little bit of a halo effect there we go and that’s now back out and there we go so that’s how you take a picture see there’s our original picture you ignore that darkness up there original picture and bring it into a custom-built background that’s a little bit of a problem right up in there and kind of see it here right a bit of a dark edge up in there that’s where this mask is not quite coming in as close as I want it to so it’s just a little touch-up on that go to the mask side zoom in and a couple things I think I’ll come in here a little bit on this edge with the burn tool on the figure and that’s right in there and then I’ll go into the mask side on the math side make sure you’re on black and back to our paint brush and I’ll paint on the mask and just take out a little bit right up in there so I’m darkening down what shows here and then hiding a little bit of what’s up but there’s just a little tweak on that to looks a little bit cleaner and back out and there we go so that’s how to take a portrait and this gets on a light background and give it a studio background a studio background effect thank you for watching this a special Photoshop photography project video don’t forget to subscribe so that you will get first notice of new project videos in the future just click on this link right here where it says subscribe here you can get all 12 project videos in this series along with 26 special videos demonstrating the tools and techniques that I used in these projects but on this link right down here and 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  • Here are some more great Photoshop Elements Background projects: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfp-NJt_DpgEo3RRzfzSLZZCyNZhdLfle

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