Change background colors for results that stand out.
You can transform white backgrounds into bright pops of color in just a few steps with Photoshop. Changing the background of your photo or design is a quick and easy way to elevate any project. Swap out one color for a different shade, make a transparent or textured background, create a gradient for an ombre effect, and so much more. Whatever your creative goals, take your designs further by switching up the background.
To change the color of a design in Photoshop, follow these tips:
If you make a new project in Photoshop, there’s an option to choose a custom background color in the new document menu. Use the background contents drop-down menu to choose the hue you want. When you start adding elements on top of this layer, your unique background color will already be in place.
To change the color of the background in an existing design that already has a transparent background, you need a few more steps. To create a new background, select the Layers panel, choose New Filter Layer, and right-click Solid Color. Name your layer, and select a color from the palette window that appears.
Edit backgrounds with layer masks and selection tools.
You can highlight the subject of your image in just one click. Choose any selection tool, like Quick Selection or the Magic Wand, to reveal the Select Subject button in the Options bar. When you click the button, Photoshop uses AI to automatically find and select the edges of the most prominent subject in your image.
Easily select people, cars, furniture, pets, clothes, and more with the Object Selection tool. Just select the tool, hover your cursor over the element you want to highlight, and watch as it automatically selects the object. From there, just click to make the selection.
To adjust your selection, use the Select and Mask workspace. Adjust the tools and sliders to tweak and clean up your selection. Smooth the edges of your subject to make things crisper, or edit out fringes of unwanted color at the edge of your selection.
You can help your subject blend with the new background color or get incredibly precise, crisp edges by painting on your layer mask with the Brush tool. Draw on the mask in black to conceal the image, or in white to reveal it, and adjust the opacity of your brush to create gradients or hard edges.