How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

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To add a creative look, many professional portrait photographers use different types of backdrops. In the era of digital photography, another alternative of the studio backdrops is available by using a digital file and what is called digital backgrounds. You can get them even free of charge from the internet. Sometimes it seems that the best and cheapest alternative is to create your digital background in Photoshop.

If you are using Adobe Photoshop , you can make your digital backgrounds for portraits in a matter of minutes. As you become more familiar with Photoshop, your digital backgrounds will have that professional look. The software is full of tools that allow you to create cool digital backgrounds.

This post is about how to make a digital background, and after finishing reading the post I recommend reading my related post “How To Use Digital Background In Photoshop” and “How To Change A Sky In Photoshop” to introduce you to some techniques used for using digital backgrounds.

How to Make Digital Background

  • Open new file

Click on “file” in the main menu and choose “new”, adjust the resolution to width 2000 pixels and 3000 pixels height, choose the portrait orientation as shown in the below photo.

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

  • Set up the foreground and background colors

Click on the foreground color square located in the toolbar, a window will pop up, and choose your appropriate color from the color picker window. Repeat the process for the background color it should be darker than the foreground color.

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

  • Create a new layer

Click on the new layer button on the downright menu.

You have three options here, as shown in the below photo.

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

1- First option: Solid color layer

When clicking on a “solid” color layer a popup window will allow you to choose the color, pick up the white color and press ok. The layer panel will look like the below photo.

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

1.a Use cloud filter

Use the cloud filter, you can find it under the top main menu, choose “render group, then cloud.

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

Another window will pop up asking for converting the layer to smart, click to make it smart object (editable). The layer panel will be as the below photo.

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

The image is shown in the following photo

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

2- Second option: Gradient layer

When clicking on “gradient” layer the following popup windows appears

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

From this window click on the gradient to choose the colors and the styles

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

Click on the right icon to choose the beginning color, then click the left icon and choose the ending color

Now, we will apply the “crystallize” filter, choose it from the filter menu and “pixelate” group

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

The final background is shown below

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

3- Third option: Pattern layer

When clicking on “pattern” layer the following popup windows appears

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

You can choose from the available presets

You may also add a hue and saturation-adjusting layer to change the colors and the lighting as shown below

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

The final background is shown below

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

  •  Make the background more realistic

You can add lighting effects to your background to create an amazing effect and match the lighting in your original photo. The Lighting Effects filter lets you produce myriad lighting effects on your background.

You can access the lighting filter as shown below

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

From the menu, you can choose the type of light source:

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

Point

Shines light in all directions from directly above the image—like a light bulb.

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

Spot

Casts an elliptical beam of light. The line in the preview window defines the light direction and angle, and the handles define the edges of the ellipse.

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

Infinite

Shines light across an entire plane—like the sun.

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

 

Conclusion & examples

You’re all set to make your digital background and now, it’s time to use them. It is very simple; take a photo of your subject against an even colored (white or gray), then, learn how to separate your subject from the background by using quick selection or background eraser tools. Finally, drop the subject onto your digital background.

The following is an applied example, The original photo is shown below together with the edited photo after removing the background.

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

Photo by Ehab Amin

Below are some backgrounds I have made according to the above-mentioned steps.

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

Here are the final results

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

How to Make Digital Background in Photoshop

 

Related posts

How To Use Digital Background In Photoshop

How To Change A Sky In Photoshop



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5 Comments

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  • What an interesting creative article, even though i’m not a photographer at any level. The photography is so attractive, the step by step tutorial easy to understand and the gear reviews, 5 star.

    I was unaware that you could get digital backgrounds free of charge from the internet.

    What is really attractive is the transformation of the subject when using Adobe Photoshop for the digital backdrops or backgrounds.

    As a professional photographer do you do birthdays, weddings, graduations and other social engagements?

    Have you delved into film documentaries, professional and residential business marketing or even gone digital on the social media platform?

    I definitely need to upgrade or update my photo album. Thank you!

  • Thanks a lot for sharing with us such an amazing tips about how to make digital background in Photoshop.

    I always wondered how to remove background from pictures and change in to something else. For me it is a great advantage that I found your article because I have a lot of pictures in which the background is very ugly or laid and it is simply not visible. Now I can finally modify my pictures and this tutorial offered by you is the best and descriptive. I can’t wait to see the other articles related to editing photos in Photoshop. I have a lot to learn here. Good luck! 

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