Today I have something really special …
I finally learned how to properly change the background of my jewelry photos to complete white. Not gray, not off-white. White. Totally white. And the jewelry stays the same with its true colors. How about that? …
The process is really simple and fun, it only took me a few minutes to change my Turqouise Ball Earrings photo:
I broke the process into a few simple steps and added screenshot to make it more visible. I’m using Photoshop CS, but I guess this will work with any version of Photoshop.
First I did the basic thing – using the Magic Wand tool, I selected the background. Small “pebbles” left in the background were added with the Shift + Rectangular Marquee selection. I unselected the chain area because I wanted to give that area a special treatment. After everything is selected, I made sure that the selection feather is 4 pixels.
Then I pressed delete (don’t forget to set your background color to white first …) to get a clean white background 🙂
Now is the interesting part, where I zoom in on the chain. I used a “quick mask” to color and select the chain. Just press ‘q’ to enter Quick Mask mode, then using the Brush tool with the correct width, I colored the chain and some of upper beads, just to make sure I don’t erase them. Pressing ‘q’ again exited the Mask mode and selected all the red area that I painted. Neat, huh?
Now using the eraser tool, I can quickly erase all the background around the chain, leaving a nice clean chain with white background.
One chain down, one to go …
Now I do the exact same procedure on the second chain, and voila! I have a great looking photo with clean sharp white background 🙂
I hope you learned a new trick with this tutorial, or at least had fun reading it 🙂
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