Recently I completed a set of studio headshots against a plain, black background. Afterwards in the editing stage, I decided I wanted my subjects to definitely pop more. After kicking myself for not utilizing more lights or a more engaging backdrop, I decided to create my own traditional-style backdrop in Photoshop that would help my clients stand out, and also give the photos more visual interest overall.I was surprised at how easy it was. In fact, Photoshop provides a very powerful tool that makes this possible, and surprisingly easy.Knowing how to do this is handy in a number of situations. Let’s go over the steps of how you can create your own traditional style backdrop in Photoshop.
Creating Your Own Backdrop in Photoshop
1. In Photoshop, create a new document.Or, if you already have an existing file you would like to add your backdrop to, create a new layer that sits on top of your existing layers. Name this new layer “Backdrop.”
2. Select the background and foreground colors you want your backdrop to be.This will determine the colors your backdrop will have within it. For this post, I set my foreground color to a dark grey, and my background color to black. It doesn’t matter which order you set them in.
3. The Main Step: Go to Filter > Render > Clouds.Once you do this, you now have a cloud-like texture that also makes a great photography backdrop…