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How to Change the Background Color in Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

Today I'm going to show you how to change the background color in Photoshop using a few different methods. We'll discover not only how to change a white background to color in Photoshop, but also how to change the background color of a photo. Let's get started!

Tutorial Assets

Before learning how to change the background color in Photoshop, I want to show you which assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

What You'll Learn in This Photoshop Tutorial

  • How to change a white background to color in Photoshop
  • How to change the background color in Photoshop to white using the Fill function
  • How to change the color of a background in Photoshop using a Fill Layer
  • How to change the background color of a photo

If you want to learn how to change layer background color in Photoshop via video, check out our lesson on the Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel:

1. How to Change a White Background to Color in Photoshop Using the New Document Menu

Step 1

Usually, when you create a new document in Photoshop, it fills the background with white. But you could easily change the background color right here, in the New Document menu. Just select the color you want from the Background Contents list.

Selecting the background contents

Or open the Color Picker and select any color you like!

changing backgound color in document settings with color picker

2. How to Change the Background Color in Photoshop to White Using the Fill Function

If you want to change the Photoshop background color back to white, in the document we've created, you could use this simple method: go to Edit > Fill (or press Shift-F5) and select the white color. 

changing the background color using a fill function

3. How to Change the Color of the Background in Photoshop Using a Fill Layer

Step 1

You could also use a fill layer to change your Photoshop background color. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Once you hit OK, you will see a Color Picker, where you can select any color you want to use.

changing the background color using a solid color fill layer

Step 2

I really like to use a solid color fill layer as a background, because you could easily change its color just by Double-Clicking on it in the Layers panel.

changing the color of the solid color fill layer

4. How to Change the Background Color of a Photo

Step 1

Now you know how to change the background in Photoshop, but if you want to know how to change a picture's background color, let's try to do it with a photo. Open the image you want to use in Photoshop. I chose this photo.

Photo for changing the background

To change the picture's background color, we will use the Quick Selection Tool, which you can find in the Tools menu. Start selecting the objects on the photo (or just click Select Subject in the latest version of Photoshop).

selecting the object on the photo

Polish the selection using the Quick Selection Tool, while holding Alt.

finishing the selection

Step 2

Press Shift-Control-I to invert the selection.

inverting the selection

Step 3

Create a Solid Color Fill layer and select the color you want to use for the background.

changing the background color in photo

As you can see, it looks pretty bad right now, as we lose all the shadows! We'll fix this issue in the next step.

Step 4

Change the Blending Mode of the Color Fill layer to Multiply and play with the Opacity until you get the best result.

finishing the color change of the background

Awesome Work, You're Now Done!

Today we've learned how to change the layer background color in Photoshop in a few simple and handy ways! I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial!

Final Result with Changed Background Color

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