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Images: How to Get White or Image Backgrounds

In the past we’ve talked about one method to get catalog-like pictures with white backgrounds. However, if you want to put a different background or wallpaper behind the image – maybe your company logo – you can easily do this as well. Or use the same steps below as another way to get snow-white background pictures for your catalog or online store merchandise.

Note: To have your pictures turn out the very best we recommend the following:

TIP: Have all other lighting turned off- even if it’s in an adjacent room. This is especially true for fluorescent lights. Not turning off the lights may cause your pictures to have a greenish tint.

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 Steps to Follow for White or Image Background
  1. Cut out the image and resize
  2. Use the ‘Curves’ option to adjust the colors. This function is usually in the ‘Colors’ section.
  3. Copy the adjusted picture
  4. Create a New Image with a Transparent background the same size as the copied image. This will be Layer 1 as you progress through the steps.
  5. Add a New Raster Layer to the New Image you just created. This will be Layer 2.
  6. Paste the ‘copied image’ onto Layer 2 of the New Image
  7. While still on Layer 2, use the Selection Tool in the graphics program to select the Background. Once you have the background completely selected, delete it. (This will leave the item surrounded by a transparent background)
  8. Using the appropriate icon in the graphics program, display the Image Layers. You will see Layer 1 and Layer 2 displayed here.
  9. Blind Layer 2 (product image). All you should now see is a transparent image with nothing on it.
  10. Select Layer 1
  11. Make Layer 1 white or Copy & Paste the background image onto the layer.
  12. Make Layer 2 visible (You should now see your product image on top of either a white background or background image).
  13. Save (If you don’t need to use this image with layers again, save as JPG, or GIF. This will compress the image into one layer. However, if you want to use the layered image later, save using the extension that allows the program to retain the layers. )

You may find that you’ll need to work with the settings in your graphics program to get the desired results. For example, when using the ‘Selection Tool’ to select the background (Step 7) it helps to ‘Feather’ the edge. This gives a smoother look. This is an option setting inside the ‘Selection Tool’ setup. You may also find you need to adjust the ‘Tolerance’ inside this setting as well depending on the color of the item. The lighter the item, the less the tolerance you should use.

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