Fix backgrounds in Photoshop

Fix backgrounds in Photoshop



hey everyone movie boy here look it happens to everyone no matter how carefully you plan sooner or later you will have an actor or a model or just a family in front of a backdrop whether it's made out of paper or brick or curtain that person is going to move just outside of the frame and you're going to follow through and capture the action because that's what you do but now suddenly you've got a photo where part of the backdrop stops before it makes the whole frame so have no fear because I'm going to show you how to get that backdrop back in Photoshop movie boy this is the backdrop that we were using and unfortunately we noticed it was a lard had a large tear on the side we decided to go through with the shoot anyway knowing that in Photoshop I could still make it work so this is the shot I want to focus on as you can see we are well outside of the backdrop in several places her foot is sticking out the fabric has flown gracefully away but is way out of the shot so we need to fix this up just so you can see we went from here to here from here to here from here to here better one better to better one better to now we need to show you how we're going to do that so we're going to take this image here and we're going to open it up into Photoshop Photoshop where you go first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to work on I'm going to break this up in a couple of ways here because we have our foreground her in the fabric we have the background that supposed to be the gray paper first thing I'm going to do on the foreground is I'm going to get to the quick selection tool and we are going to quickly select select hers like the fabric selectors look fabric that's what we're gonna do today look at this we have her and we have the fabric selected so let's go down to modify let's expand that by good ten pixels there just so we don't have any little bits that may peak out like over here look at that so I'm going to take the lasso tool hold down the alt option to get rid of that and then we're going to go down here to create the layer mask and boom she's out and for some reason so is this so we're going to just fix that to make things a little easier here I'm going to repeat this and make this my background we're going to take the layer mask and we're going to invert it and look at that now we have the backdrop without her in there we want to get rid of this whole area here and we want to get rid of this and we want to fix that tear and you know while we're at it you want to fix parts of the floor they don't stick out either a while back under the fill popup window you get all kinds of choices foreground/background we used to color but this one right here content-aware it's the idea that the at Photoshop will say okay I want to fill this in but to be content to where it means it's to look at the rest of the image and go oh you want me to fill in with this kind of stuff here I've seen some of the first tutorials that came out and a couple of the images when they were teasing this new technology and it would usually be someone laying upon grass and suddenly you could remove the person from the grass altogether and I'm thinking wow amazing so I'm going to hit OK and let's see what happens it actually did better than I thought it did a lot better than I thought I was going to darn it because I was going to show how sometimes this can really backfire well let's see let's see if we can then undo and let's see what happens we do this we go down to fill which is content-aware uh-huh and here is an example of what can go wrong now you would think that Photoshop would just know that hey this part here kind of stops in this region it doesn't go up anywhere else so why do this and because Photoshop is only as smart as what you are telling it if it can refer to any other pixels it will look at those as well and say well this seems to kind of work how's this look and as you can see that's totally incorrect if we do not have her removed here's the issue we walk into all right so we want the background roughly there don't necessarily need it here we got on edit fill content-aware and we're going to end up probably with some messed up stuff well that's messed up but as you can see it will take everything in the image and try incorporate it tries to come up with some kind of logic as to how to extend it and fill in the blanks well it doesn't really know the difference between human and backdrops so it treated it all the same and we've got something like more like dolly right now so this is why the first thing you have to do is undo this the first thing you have to do is you have to paint out the person you want to preserve the best way of all is to not only get rid of the foreground that you don't want caught up in the reproduce in your backdrop but get rid of everything you don't want so I know this part of the floor I'm a little bit more here this also needs to go so I'm going to add this to the layer mask make sure the layer mask is selected and I'm going to hit option delete and that will just fill that in with more black it's all still there now because it doesn't have the fabric to read from it doesn't have our dancer to work from it doesn't have the floor because now I've told all of the flora can see to only refer to what's left which is just gray paper backdrop so we go down a cot to go down to fill content-aware and this should all be just gray when it's done bada-bing look at that oh I'm actually how about this just in case you want to do more back rip back here now let's bring her back in and we see it actually did do it through the mask unlike other tools that won't apply to all the pixels every we did to all that was selected so we can use this later up here I'm going to just hold down the command key and tap on it here to bring this selection up here and as you can see it's already expanded up but I'm going to expand out a little bit more so let's go down to select let's modify it let's expand another ten pixels now I'm going to fill in that like she wasn't even there so now we can end up doing more and if you want to move this into motion graphics now you've got a clean background plate and you've got her so another thing to think about for special effects artists is that oftentimes you don't have a perfect clean background well now you've got a way to at least build one and so now I mean what I ended up doing in these is that I applied a human saturation I put it to colorize and let's move over here as you can see let's see I think in the original one I did I just did a very just slight blue and then as you can see that helps kind of unify the whole shot there and then I just worked on different blending methods to bring things down but that is essentially is how I got my final photo in in the first place so that is how we were able to go from a shot that was in bad need of repair and able to bring her in thank you as always remember to subscribe like comment all that good stuff stick around because we got more videos coming out every Friday so until then thank you and come again

27 thoughts on “Fix backgrounds in Photoshop

  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    I feel like this video is an unfinished product, you did all that but didn't show us how to make a finish product. once I fill in the content how do I fine tune the edge of the subject to make the person blend with the background.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    How are you selecting multiple areas at once with the marquee tool?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    you bastard what you want to say bullshit layer mask and invert fuck fuck fuck learn something before explaining

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    fuck directly you are doing with saying keys , make some sense while doing

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    What is the best background to make the best workflow of quick selection? Is better when is black, grey or white background? Actually I makes photo on white background ale quick selection works quite well but sometimes work not enough good, is much work to correct of selection by maks etc. Any tips what to do in studio or lighting setup or something else to make quick selection faster? ^_^

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    Thanks for this! I now have the "Select herrrrrrr, selectthefabric!" jingle in my head. 🙂 Easy to follow, hoping when I actually try this that it will work as smoothly as you showed it!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    THANK YOU SO MUCH THIS HELPED!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    completely got lost at invert

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    after I remove my subject, I try to select the areas to content fill and it won't let me even choose fill. Do you know why this might be?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    your laugh is the best thing ever LOOOL

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    Thank you so much for this video! For some reason, when I follow your steps to select my subject and remove her from my background – she doesn't disappear! When I look at the layer thumbnails on the right, they look like yours… but on my main screen she's still there! What am I missing!? Thank you SO much for any advice you can give.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    9:38 What about the fringes bro ?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    I love you moovieboy. If you run for office you have my vote and I don't care for your policies.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    Whoa, you really look like Christian Bale to me.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    How do you select more than one part from the background after you inverted the photo

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    this is the best photoshop tutorial I've ever watched! thank youuu

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    It would be nice to see what exactly you are doing if your goal of this informative video is to teach and inform people that do not know. Thank you.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    Great tips, thank you. Just a question on parts like her foot. Since the feathered 10px creates a reddish border around her foot, what would be the best way to clean that part up? Thanks.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    Great tutorial! I'm lost after you've inverted and you're trying to select using the rectangle tool, I can select easy enough but when I hit delete (MacBook backspace keyboard button), it deletes the mask from my subject in the middle so I'm left with the background I wanted to get rid of and I've lost some of my initial mask, in your example it would now be showing the model's legs which you previously cut out. Sorry I'm learning – thanks again!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    How did you clean up the edge around the ballerina and scarf (expanded pixels) after all of the content aware fill? This is where I'm struggling most. Thanks!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    You're hilarious! Loved it

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    Hi, after you inverted the layer, i was lost on what tool you used to select the background spaces you wanted to replace…

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