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Creating the Look of a Solid White Background in ACR and Photoshop


My sister took a photo of me and my daughter while we were sitting on her messy bed. I loved the pose, but wanted to find a way to minimize all the distractions around us. In this video tutorial, I’ll walk you through creating the look of a solid white background in ACR and Photoshop.

Workaround Option:
If you are using a version of Photoshop that does not have an Adjustment Brush in ACR, here’s what you can do instead:

– In Photoshop, open a new Levels layer, and increase the brightness until the area surrounding your subject is bright white.
– Next, invert the layer mask on this levels layer by hitting Ctrl + i on your keyboard. (Cmd + i on a mac)
– Finally, you can grab your Brush tool and using a soft brush with the color white selected, you can begin to paint this brightness onto the image as I do in the video. Feel free to use a lower opacity and build upon previous strokes, to subtly add this effect onto your image.

Related Posts:

How to Paint Light into an Image using Adobe Camera RAW
How to Use the White Balance Tool in Adobe Camera RAW
Using and Understanding Layer Masks in Photoshop

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In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to eliminate surrounding distractions from a photo, creating the look of a solid white background in ACR and Photoshop!In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to eliminate surrounding distractions from a photo, creating the look of a solid white background in ACR and Photoshop!
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