How To Change Your Background Color In Photoshop

Outline Image

For novice users specifically, dealing with Photoshop can be a grueling process. Since there are so many different tools, options, and settings to choose from, figuring out the program’s inner workings can be rather time consuming, and certain tasks can be rather difficult. However, by simply following our step-by-step instructions and tutorials, you will soon feel like a Photoshop wiz!

The guide below is for new Photoshop users looking to change their background color. Since users have the option to not only change the background of their images, but of their workspace as well, we have laid out instructions for both. So, if you are sick of staring at the same workspace color day-to-day, or just looking to highlight the foreground of your images, sit back, relax, and read through these easy to follow instructions!

How To Change The Background Color Of Your Image (In Just Four Easy Steps)

Whether it is due to poor lighting, a bad setting, or unwanted persons, having a horrible image background can be extremely frustrating. Which is why knowing how to properly use the selection tools in Photoshop is so beneficial. Not only will they allow you to customize your images’ landscapes, but they will enable your foregrounds to stand out too.

1. Click On The Image You Want To Edit, Then Choose The Quick Selection Tool

Clicking on the image may seem like a no-brainer to some, however, many people forget to properly highlight or click on the image once it is opened.

Located on the left of your screen and appearing as a small spotted paint brush, the quick selection tool will allow you to separate your background from the rest of your image, or from any specific parts you want in the foreground.

Click On The Image You Want To Edit, Then Choose The Quick Selection Tool

2. Outline Your Image

In order to let Photoshop know what parts you want removed, you will need to outline them with your cursor, much like you would when cutting paper with a pair of scissors. To do this, simply select, hold down, and drag your cursor across the parts you would like removed.

Outline Your Image

This should create a dotted line, which you can either increase or decrease, depending on how accurate your initial lines were. You can also choose to omit any outside areas, mis-chosen by the tool, by clicking on the selection brush located at the top of your screen.

3. Refine Your Edges

Once satisfied, you should make sure to refine your edges, which (as you may have guessed) is done with the refine edge button located atop your screen.

Refine Your Edges

After clicking on this button, you should see a dialog box, as well as an option to select smart radius.

NOTE: With the smart radius, you can refine your image edges by repeatedly moving it left to right.

4. Inverse Your Image’s Background


Next, you will need to inverse your image’s background, which is done by right clicking on the image and choosing the “select inverse” option.

Inverse Your Image’s Background

NOTE: To right click on a MacBook or Apple laptop, simply press down on the mousepad with two fingers.

Once you have right clicked on the background of your image and chosen the “select inverse” option, you will need to fill your layers and choose your new background color. To do this, select the layer menu option (located towards the top of your screen), and select the color or layer that you would like to use.

NOTE: For those who wish to better customize their backgrounds, you can choose to use either a gradient or a pattern (as opposed to selecting new fill layer/solid color from the dropdown menu).

After choosing a color, pattern, or gradient that you are happy with, your image’s background should immediately change.

How To Change The Background Color Of Your Workspace

Surprisingly enough, changing the background color of your workspace is much easier than changing the background color of your image. In fact, the process is so simple, that we have dulled it down to just three total steps.

1. Get Rid Of Your Background’s Current Color

After right clicking on the body of your workspace, simply select the replace color option located towards the bottom of your screen.

Get Rid Of Your Background’s Current Color

NOTE: Unless you have edited your workspace before and are reading this tutorial to remember how you did it, then your workspace’s default color should be either black or gray.

2. Replace It With Your New Custom Background Color

By typing in your exact color preferences, you can fully customize the color of your workspace background.

Replace It With Your New Custom Background

3. Confirm The Change

Fortunately when changing workspace images, no saving is required. However, make sure you click OK before exiting out of the palette box, or your background will go back to it’s default settings.

Confirm The Change

As you can now see (whether it be for one of your images, or for your workspace), changing the color of your background is very easy to do. Given the information above, you should not only be able to customize all of your photos, but you should also be able to change up your workspace environment quite frequently – giving yourself some new colors to look at, and making Adobe Photoshop much more enjoyable.


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