I’ve been a fan of photoshop-based background design for some time now. The difference between a background and a photo is that a background contains a lot more layers and editing, whereas a photo is a direct representation of the subject. One of the best features of Photoshop is the ability to create a background that is limitless in its depth. This allows for an endless amount of possibilities when you want to use it to showcase a specific scene, environment, or person.
I could easily be writing this with a different theme in mind, but I think we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves. We need to talk about the actual process of creating a d background.
I was recently working on an assignment for my photography class and I chose to create a d background using Photoshop. To do this, I went to the same spot in the image space that I would have to edit as an image. I clicked on the image’s thumbnail and clicked on a “Edit” button to make the background editable. The result was a background that was only a few layers of the image and had a slightly different shape than the actual image.
After the background was finished, I decided to play around with the different lighting and composition settings to get a feel for how the background would look. I then went to Photoshop and altered the image slightly to see how that background looked. This was the result, with the shape of the background almost identical to the shape of the actual image.
The background is really the least important part of the image. Because the background has no shape and is just a few layers of the image, it doesn’t make a huge difference to the overall composition. There is, however, a huge difference in the way the background looks, and this is the first thing that drew my attention to it. You can see the difference between the original image and the edited image in the next screenshot.
You can get some good idea of the difference in the way the background looks with either the Photoshop CS5 or CS6 plugin.
Of course, with all of the amazing effects, it’s hard to see the difference between the images, but this is a fantastic example of how you can use the same image to create a completely different effect. You can think of the background as a layer that can be dragged over the image and then used as a mask, or use the layers option to edit the foreground in the image.
The background can also be a different color and blend in with the foreground. This method, however, is usually reserved for when you have really huge backgrounds and don’t want to worry about blending the background into the foreground. I prefer to use this tool if I want to create a background that isn’t as busy so that I can still edit the foreground.
The d option works particularly well when you want to create a big background that is still very easy to edit. When you drag it over the foreground, it creates a mask for the foreground. You can then use this mask for editing the foreground of the foreground layer.
You can also use it to create a background that is very big and busy, while still keeping the foreground editable.