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Tip #24: Punch Up the Background

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Got a boring image with a cluttered background? It's time to dig into your stash of sunsets, cloud-filled skies and blue horizons. What - you don't have a cache of sky shots? You know - all of those pretty orange sunsets and fluffy white clouds you've been accumulating but don't know what to do with.

If you're like me, you can't resist snapping a gorgeous sky. But here's the problem, most microstock agencies are inundated with sunsets and skies. Unless it's an amazing image, it will probably be rejected as agencies have more than enough sky images in their directory.

So here's a great idea to make use of your extra sky shots. Place your sky photos in a folder on your hard drive and use them as "background" when you need to inject a little excitement into a photograph. I've included one of my favorite examples for you to see how this works.

Obviously the best way to achieve this little trick is to use Photoshop and a Wacom tablet. Here's how to drop a new sky into your photo:

- In your original image, select the part you want to keep by using your Wacom stylus to create a path around the object, horizon, etc.

-Make the path into a selection.

- Reverse the selected area so the background is now selected.

- Delete the background.

- Move your sky photo into the image as a new layer, making sure its order is positioned below the original layer so that it neatly fills the background space and your object is in the foreground.

See what a difference it makes to drop in an interesting sky. Even a big diesel truck looks special when all of the clutter has been removed and a beautiful sunset glows behind it.

So keep all of those sky grab shots you've been taking and use them to add a spark to drab images.

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