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This really depends on what the background looks like. In all of these cases, however, a good tip is to copy the background layer so that you have a duplicate layer to work upon. This way you can always mask off some of the top layer if you go too far, or mess up too badly, without losing all your work.
That being said, the first step is to select the background. You might try to start with the magic wand if the background is easy to tell from the foreground. Make sure to check/uncheck "Contiguous" if all of the background pieces are or are touching. Also adjust the sensivity of the majik wand (it goes from 0 to 255. 255 is going to select everything, so I'd start with a tolerance of maybe 50 and go from there.)
If the background tends to merge seamlessly, you can try to select the background with the Lasso tool. Just start draggine the lasso tool along the background that you will want to change. You can take it in small chunks as long as you hold down the "shift" key when you start your next selection.
Once you have the background of the photo selected, a good idea is often to make the selection just a little bit blurry so that when you change the color the borders won't be too abrubt which tends to look a bit jarring and unreal.
A good way to do this is "feathering" the selection by 5 or 10 pixels (depending on the size and resolution of your photo).
To do this SELECT>FEATHER and choose between 5 or 10 as your feather radius.
Then on to the final step, changing the color of the background.
I'd tend to use IMAGE>ADJUST>HUE/SATURATION.
Once you have the Hue/Saturation dialog box up, click on the "colorize" button and make sure the "preview" button is also checked.
I usually start by increasing the "saturation" slider, this allows more color into the selection, and enables you to see the effects of the top slider, "Hue"
Slide the "Hue" slider until you get the approximate color you want the background of the photo to be. You can then use the middle slider to add more or less of that hue, and the bottom slider to adjust the lightness and darkeness.
Hope this helped,
Posted on Apr 30, 2008
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Expert mode is located above the document viewer. simply click it to enter into it.
The Expert mode has tools to correct color problems, create special effects, and enhance photos. The Quick mode contains simple tools for correcting color and lighting, and commands to quickly fix common problems, such as red eye. The Guided mode contains tools for basic photo edits, guided activities, and photographic effects. If you are new to digital imaging, Quick or Guided modes are a good place to start fixing photos.
If you've worked with image-editing applications before, you'll find that the Expert mode provides a flexible and powerful image-correction environment. It has lighting and color-correction commands, along with tools for fixing image defects, making selections, adding text, and painting on your images. You can rearrange the Expert workspace to best suit your needs. You can move, hide, and show panels, and arrange panels in the Panel Bin. You can also zoom in or out of the photo, scroll to a different area of the document window, and create multiple windows and views.
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