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Photoshop Restoration: Replacing a Background

via LinkedIn Learning


Learn how to use Photoshop to replace the background in a vintage photo.

A common photo restoration task involves replacing the background in an old photo—for example, to turn a snapshot into something that looks more like a studio portrait.

In this course, master restorationist Neil Rhodes shows how to accomplish tasks like these using Photoshop. He covers the entire process: evaluating the photo, choosing an appropriate replacement background, using Photoshop's selection features to create a precise mask, and then inserting the new background and matching the grain of the original.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know
  • How to use the exercise files
1. Evaluate and Plan
  • Evaluate the photo and new background
  • Select a new background: Problems and solutions
2. Create a Replacement Background
  • Prepare the original image
  • Create the background
3. Insert the New Background
  • Mask the old background
  • Match grain and shadows
  • Final touches: Focus and light
  • Next steps

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Neil Rhodes


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