How to Change and Extend Backgrounds in Photoshop CS6
Photoshop CS6 is a powerful and versatile image editing software that can help you create stunning effects and transformations for your photos. One of the most common tasks that you may want to do with Photoshop CS6 is to change or extend the background of an image. Whether you want to remove a distracting element, add more space for text or graphics, or create a different mood or atmosphere, Photoshop CS6 has the tools and techniques you need to achieve your desired result.
In this article, we will show you how to change and extend backgrounds in Photoshop CS6 using different methods, such as the Crop tool, Content-Aware Fill, Content-Aware Scale, and Canvas Size. We will also provide some tips and tricks to make your background editing easier and more realistic. By the end of this article, you will be able to change and extend backgrounds in Photoshop CS6 like a pro.
How to Change Backgrounds in Photoshop CS6
Changing the background of an image means replacing the original background with a new one. This can be useful if you want to create a composite image, change the context or location of your subject, or simply improve the aesthetics of your photo. There are many ways to change backgrounds in Photoshop CS6, but here we will focus on one of the most popular and effective methods: using the Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge.
Here are the steps to follow:
Open your image in Photoshop CS6 and make sure it is in RGB mode (Image > Mode > RGB).
Right-click on the Background layer in the Layers panel and choose Layer from Background. This will convert your background into a normal layer that you can edit.
Select the Quick Selection tool from the toolbar or press W on your keyboard. Adjust the size and hardness of the brush using the options bar at the top.
Drag the Quick Selection tool over the background of your image. It will automatically select similar pixels based on color and contrast. You can use the Add to Selection (+) or Subtract from Selection (-) options in the options bar to refine your selection. You can also use Alt + Scroll Up/Down on your mouse to zoom in or out, and Spacebar + Left-click to pan around your image.
Once you have selected the background, right-click on it and choose Select Inverse. This will invert your selection and select your subject instead.
Click on Select > Refine Edge or press Ctrl + Alt + R on your keyboard. This will open a dialog box that allows you to fine-tune your selection edge. You can use various options such as Smooth, Feather, Contrast, Shift Edge, etc. to adjust your selection. You can also use the Refine Radius tool (the brush icon) to paint over areas where you want Photoshop to detect more details, such as hair or fur.
Choose a suitable output option from the Output To menu at the bottom. For example, you can choose New Layer with Layer Mask if you want to keep your original layer intact, or New Layer if you want to delete your original layer.
Click OK to apply your changes and exit Refine Edge.
Now you have a new layer with your subject isolated from the background. You can drag and drop another image as a new layer below your subject layer to replace the background. You can resize, rotate, or reposition the new background using Edit > Free Transform or Ctrl + T on your keyboard.
If needed, you can adjust the color, brightness, contrast, or other settings of your new background using adjustment layers (Layer > New Adjustment Layer) or image adjustments (Image > Adjustments). You can also use filters (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) or layer styles (Layer > Layer Style) to create some effects for your new background.
How to Extend Backgrounds in Photoshop CS6
Extending the background of an image means adding more pixels to one or more sides of your canvas without changing the size of your subject. This can be useful if you want to create a different aspect ratio, add more space for text or graphics, or crop out unwanted elements from your image. There are several ways to extend backgrounds in Photoshop CS6 aa16f39245