How to Edit the Background of a Photo, and Why You Should


Seventy-one percent of people edit their selfies before they post them. But, no matter what type of photography you’re doing, you’ll probably want to do at least a little bit of editing.

Let’s go through how to edit the background of a photo and when you might want to try it.

How To Edit the Background of a Photo

How you edit the background of a photo depends on what you’re trying to do, and what program you’re using. If you want to impose your subject on a completely different background, you’ll want to cut out your subject. This may take some fine-tuning, but it’s the easiest approach.

If you simply want to change some aspects of the background, without changing it entirely, you’ll want to get familiar with masking. That’s where you select your background and make it into a different layer, so that you can edit what’s in it without affecting the subject or foreground. You might want to use this if you want to blur out the background of an image, for example.

If you’re just looking for a quick fix, a background remover may be able to help you out. You’ll probably need to take another swipe at it if you’re using your image for anything professional, however.

Why Would You Edit a Photo’s Background?

There are lots of reasons you might want to edit the background of a photo. You might want to change the color or light in the background so that the whole composition flows more smoothly.

If your background is too busy, you may want to edit the background so that it doesn’t take away from the subject. If it’s too simple, you may need to edit it so that it adds more dimension to your image.

If you’re looking to create a collage, you may want to take the background out of a bunch of different photos so that you can layer them all together.

Or, you may be trying to create a story with your images. You may be creating a comic strip in a fantasy setting with photography, for example. In that case, you’ll need to be very familiar with removing backgrounds, to properly fit your characters into the world that you’re creating.

You may also just be taking headshots. Removing the backgrounds are often necessary for headshots so that you can put the subject in a more neutral setting or one that befits the job they’re trying to get.

Practice Your Photo Editing Skills Today

Clearly, there are a lot of reasons you might want to try finding out how to edit the background of a photo. Experiment, and see what you like doing. That will help you become the best photo editor you can possibly be.

Do you want more photo editing advice? Scroll through a few of our other posts for all the tips and tricks you need.

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