How to Edit Pictures & Put People Into Backgrounds

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Editing digital photographs enables a wide variety of special effects that can enhance the photos or change them drastically into new and different images. Powerful graphics editing programs can even edit pictures and put people into backgrounds that are completely different from the background of the original photograph. The possibilities are endless once you begin to learn basic photo editing and experiment with new effects.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital photograph
  • Graphics editing software
  • Open the graphics editing software. Click "File," then "Open" to open a digital photograph with the people you wish put into a different background. Navigate to the location where you store the photograph and highlight it. Click "Open" to open the photograph within the graphics program.

  • Select the "Background Eraser" tool from above the workspace. Set the size of your tool by clicking the number within the size setting above the workspace and making the number larger or smaller. A larger number will make your tool larger and a smaller number will make your tool smaller. Leave the other settings at their default settings for best results.

  • Click the left mouse button and hold it down to erase the background around your image. Continue clicking the mouse and holding down the button to erase the background around the people in the photograph. If you make a mistake, click the "Undo" button above the workspace to undo your mistake and continue erasing the background.

  • Copy the photograph of the people with the removed background once you erase the background completely from the photo. Press "Control + C" to copy the photograph to the clipboard.

  • Open a second photograph with a background you wish to use by following the procedure you followed in Step 1 to open the first photograph. Create an interesting effect by choosing an unusual background such as an ocean, a sunset, a field of flowers or a mountain range.

  • Paste the people image you copied to the clipboard in Step 4 as a new layer (click "Edit" and then "Paste as a New Layer"). Your people image will immediately appear on the new background layer.

  • Merge the two layers into one layer by clicking "Layers," "Merge" and then "Merge All."

  • Save your new photo by clicking "File" and "Save As." Name the new photo and click "Save."

References

  • Photo Credit stock photo submissions (original digital drawing) image by Stephen Jacoby from Fotolia.com
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