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Layer masking tutorial for background changing in Photoshop

20 September

Layer Masking

Layer masking is a great Photoshop retouching procedure to remove a background from hair or wool related photographs. It becomes very tricky to detach; when there is a hair related photo and background of the photograph both have exact same color. Layer maskings are used to redefine background transparency levels in shades of white, gray or black. These can be done for either a specific group of layers.

layer masking before after

That’s why it becomes necessary to use Eraser & background Eraser tool to create a transparent background of the image and easily replace with another background

Steps of a layer mask

Step 1:

First, we need to open the desired image and then copy the background layer

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Step 2:

Select the background layer and press new layer icon on right under the layer panel to changing its layer color

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Step 3:

Go to the background copy layer and take background Eraser tool to mask the area of hair surface slowly. But the time we did mask we have to adjust tolerance percentage to adjust masking with hair color. We can increase/decrease masking tolerance based on our satisfaction

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Step 4:

Take Lasso tool to draw a path around the object

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Step 5:

Select the background copy layer and press Ctrl to select the path

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Step 6:

Then press (Ctrl+U) to inverse the area of the object & press backspace to remove the unwanted background color

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Step 7:

Now to remove unnecessary spots around the object selected area press Ctrl and select background copy layer together to pick the outline of the object

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Step 8:

Press inverse (Ctrl+U) to active the outside area of the object and delete extra spot and sheds

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Step 9:

Select layer 1 to go Hue/Saturation (image > image adjustment > Hue/saturation) to check if masking is perfect or not by changing its color multiple times

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Step 10:

Zoom the image to check the hair surface that how masking has done

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Step 11:

Open one of a background image from outside and copy to work with it

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Step 12:

Go to edit page, select the background layer and paste that outside background image

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Step 13:

Now we can see there is another background which is pasted successfully and removed the previous background

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Step 14:

Merge the entire layer together pressing (Ctrl+E) and save the JPEG format to save the final edited photograph

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