Photoshop Tutorial: Colouring the Background

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: November 19, 2010

Category: Videos

As promised here’s a short Photoshop tutorial I’ve put together that shows how you can spice up the background in your portrait shots by first of all adding a ‘spotlight’ effect behind your subject. Also for those of you who like to use coloured gels on your backgrounds in the tutorial I show how you can fake this look very simply and very quickly.

As I use Photoshop CS5 the first part of the tutorial shows how the effect can be created using tools only found in CS5 such as the Refine Mask command, however I also show how you can create a similar effect just as quickly using CS4 or earlier versions by making use of Blend Modes.

As always any feedback / comments are welcome so please feel free to make use of the comments section below.
In the mean time have a great weekend.
Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Neil Holmes

    Spot on tip Glyn, I will use this to update the way I change H/S backgrounds 🙂 Cheers Neil.

    • Glyn

      @Neil…Excellent, glad you like it mate. Check out Calvin’s added extra tip in the comments section re changing the HS layer blend mode to colour…works a treat! 🙂

      Cheers, Glyn

  2. Calvin

    I used a similar way for my projekt photographer.
    But i change the blendmode of the color layer into “color” for a better result.
    But many ways are possible

    lg Calvin

    • Glyn

      Hey Calvin,

      Thanks so much for dropping by and for the added tip; really appreciate it mate 🙂

      I’ll definitely pass that on.
      Hope all is well with you,

  3. Lloyd Barnes

    Thanks for some very useful tips – should save me a lot of time 🙂

    • Glyn

      Hey Lloyd, you’re very welcome mate; glad you like them 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by and commenting,



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