How to Create a Custom Photography Backdrop for your Portraits
So, you’ve got a couple of thousand dollars to spend and you’re looking for a custom backdrop to spice up your portraits?
Well, keep looking because in today’s video I’m going to show you how to create a custom photography backdrop right in Photoshop.
That’s right, I’m going to save you tons of money plus I’m going to show you how to create a custom backdrop that looks as good as any thousand dollar backdrop you can buy.
Using a Plain Backdrop for your Portraits
The key to being able to create a custom backdrop in Photoshop is to photograph your subject on a plain flat background.
Something like a V-Flat will work great.
As you can see with the photos I did of Kathy here, I used a V-Flat for my background, which gives me a nice plain color to work with.
Of course, you’ll probably have to do some initial cleaning up of your background before you add your overlays and painting.
Creating a Custom Backdrop: Step-by-Step
Now that you have the portrait of your subject on a nice flat background, it’s time to take it into Photoshop and clean it up.
Step #1: Using your “Clone Stamp Tool”, clean up any defects or seams within your flat background.
Step #2: Using your background overlay of choice, add a blend mode of “Color Dodge” and drop the opacity down until the desired effect.
Step #3: Next, add a “Color Fill” layer, select the color you desire, change the blend mode to “color”, and drop the opacity to what looks best.
Step #4: Lastly, add an “Exposure” layer and raise or drop the exposure to your desired effect.
Expensive Photography Backdrops for Free
I’m sure buying expensive backdrops has its advantages but I honestly love the way these custom Photoshop backdrops look with my contemporary portraits, not to mention saving all that money.
As you can see in the portraits above, I use this technique on every portrait I create and I bet you couldn’t tell.
Create Your Own Photo Backdrop
Now that you know all my secrets for creating custom backdrops in Photoshop, give it a whack for yourself.
I’d love to try and I’d love to see what you come up with.