How to Change Background Color in Photoshop: Easy Tutorial

By Tata Rossi 7 days ago, Photoshop Tips

We’ve described multiple methods that will help you change background color in Photoshop. You can use them if you specialize in lifestyle product or portrait photography. They will also come in handy for those who take product photos and perform e-commerce image optimization.

Method 1. Change Background By Deleting Previous

By following these steps, you can learn how to remove the background of a picture in Photoshop. Since this is quite effective, most people prefer using it when working with pictures in Photoshop.

STEP 1. Use the Selection Tool

use the selection tool

To remove the background, you need to open the photo and select an area with the help of a dedicated tool.

STEP 2. Background Removal

remove the background

You can delete the background from the menu by clicking on the layer mask. 

STEP 3. Choose a Fill Color

select a color fill

You can select the desired fill color without leaving the menu. 

STEP 4. Adjust the Layer Mask and Save the Result

adjust the layer mask

Keep in mind, you have to place the color fill under the image. If you don’t like the result, you can later change it by double-clicking on the layer mask. Otherwise, save the image.

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Method 2. With the Quick Selection Tool

You can change background color in Photoshop without creating a new file all the time. Follow this detailed guide or watch Photoshop tutorials on YouTube to proceed.

STEP 1. Tools Menu

use the quick selection tool

Select an image and open it in any of the Photoshop versions. We’d recommend using the quick selection tool to change the background color. You can find it in the "Tools" menu.

STEP 2. Move to a Fill Layer

work with the filling salt

Create a solid color fill layer. Go to Layer> New Fill Layer> Solid Color.

STEP 3. Save Results

select the desired color from the palette

After applying the desired color, save the result by pressing OK.

STEP 4. Blending Mode Adjustment

change the fill blend mode

Change the fill blending mode to Multiply after the settings are saved.

STEP 5. Brush Tool

use a brush

You can correct some areas on the layer mask using the brush tool. Once everything is done, save the project.

Method 3. Background Selection When Creating a Document

When you work with a new file in Photoshop, you will notice that its background is white by default. However, you can change its color.

STEP 1. Open the New Document

create a new document in photoshop

To change the color of the background, click on "New Document".

STEP 2. Pick the Desired Tint

select the background content from the list

Go to "Background Content" to pick the desired color when working with the new file. You will see a wide range of colors in the palette. Choose the one that meets your preferences.

STEP 3. Confirm the Chosen Color

confirm the choice of the changeable background color

The final step is to save the result. Click OK to save the chosen background color.

Method 4. Use a Fill Layer Option to Change the Background Color

You can also change the background color with the help of photo editing software for beginners. This method requires working with a fill layer. You need to take a few steps.

STEP 1. Work with a Layer Tab

change background color with fill layer

It’s easy to change the Photoshop background color with the Fill Layer option. To find it, go to Layer> New Fill Layer> Solid Color.

STEP 2. Color Selection

choose a color from the color palette

You’ll see a color palette. To create a new fill layer, click on the desired color. You can change the selected color with Adobe Photoshop Express. To proceed, double-click on the color in the layers panel.

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