Change the Color of Your Solid Studio Backdrop in Photoshop

If you want to maximize use of the solid color backdrops, you can make them more versatile by altering the color in Photoshop.

In the image below, I used a yellow shower curtain that was $20 at Bed, Beth and Beyond.

For this method to work best:

  1. Before photographing, choose a backdrop color not found on the clothing of your subjects.
  2. When photographing, aim to keep the backdrop evenly lit.
  3. Pick a backdrop that is a solid red, yellow, green, blue, cyan (like turquoise) or magenta for best results.
  4. Start by doing all your other edits first.  You can see which Photoshop actions we used in the edit.  Then either flatten or go to the background layer so that your adjustment layer is directly above the background in your layers palette.

The following video illustrates the method. In summary, you will:

  1. Pull up a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer.
  2. Under the drop menu where it says “master,” choose the color closest to that of your backdrop.
  3. Slide the hue slider until you like the color.
  4. Adjust the saturation, up or down depending on the look you prefer.  I usually decrease slightly for a more natural look.
  5. Paint on the layer mask of any areas that you do not want affected using the brush tool, with the foreground color set to black.

Watch this changing background colors tutorial now for step-by-step instructions on changing the backdrop color:

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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    LOVE this! shower curtain? I would have never thought of that! I’ve been researching some thrifty ideas for props/backdrops — maybe a blog on ways to save $ and still get beautiful photos?

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