Thursday, 16 October 2008

Soft background in Photoshop

This Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to create a soft background for your image. This effect adds a soft touch to the background and helps accentuate the image. This process is very simple and only requires using the Gaussian Blur filter and quick mask mode. I have used a free stock image which is available at:

Soft background

Step 1

Open an image in Photoshop

Step 2

Select the D key to reset the foreground and background colours. And now select the Q key to enter quick mask mode. Choose a paint brush with an appropriate brush size and paint over the areas which are not the background. I.e. the object you want to emphasise. You image should look like below:

Select the Q key again to exit quick mask mode and your image should look like below:

Step 3

Now select Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. I used 2.5 pixels, but you can experience with the settings for your image. And finally select Ctrl + D to deselect your image.

You should now have an image with a soft background.

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