You’ve probably struggled multiple times when noticing after a photoshoot that your backdrop didn’t cover all of the frame or that it was too wrinkled – this is it if was a fabric one like I like to use! In this article I want to show you how to add a background in Photoshop, so that you can easily edit your images. This tutorial is done with Mac.
This editing could be used if you want to add more grass on a field or broaden a wall – but it only works if you don’t have anything in front of the space you want to fill.
I try to do as little editing as possible, but am aware that sometimes it is just simply not possible to have more of the background if there isn’t more! Notice that this article only explains how to add more of the same material background you already have in your images.
1.Open the image in Photoshop
Select your image and make necessary colour corrections and other editing. Select an image where you have enough area to strtech – ie. in this image I have enough of the scarf to be able to pull it to cover the sky.
2.Choose rectangle selection tool
Once you choose the rectangle tool, select an area that is clear enough to be stretched – here I only selected an are that covered the scarf fully. You can also use a round shape, but since it will cut it from the background, I find it more difficult to fit in later on because of its shape.
3.Press Command + T
Select Command + T to activate the rectangle to be stretched. A cut out line will appear in your selected area.
4. Hold Command continuously and drag the upper part of the rectangle selected
While holding command key, drag your selected are to the direction you wish to stretch the background. However it will also cut the original area, so make sure you drag it straight up in this case. You can also edit the white areas later on.
5. Now repeat on the spots that you want to drag
Repeat this as many times as you need, but notice the stretched are loses pixels – indeed if it’s possible, try to stretch the areas in smaller pieces, and then move onto another part of the image. If you’d be stretching something that has more texture in it, it will become blurry. This works best on fabric backgrounds and backgrounds that are quite similar over all.
6. Finalise the edges with Spot Healing Tool
If you left any white pieces while stretching the background, you can edit them out at this point with spot healing tool. Also any discoloration can be fixed at this point to make the background seem smooth and solid.
7. And you’re done !
Textures in images are usually not perfect, so when using spot healing tool to smoothen the background, it’s ok to leave some wrinkles on it or imperfections. This is hands down the best way to broaden the background of your images.
There are many ways to edit the background and a frequently asked question is about removing the background completely. You want to see more tutorial like articles on the page? Comment below!
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