Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Changing the background, part of Portrait Retouching with Aperture.
I'm going to play with the background a bit right now, and when I shot this portrait of Max, I choose this background just for you, (LAUGH) so we could have fun playing with it. So, what I did was I created a edit 1 version of this shot that will have our background adjustment. Let's just go ahead and open it up right here. So the background, to me, is just a little too exciting (LAUGH). It's a little too vibrant. And i just want to tone it down a bit because I feel like it's a bit distracting from my subject here.
So, I'm going to use the color brick to do this. And I'm going to come over here and the first thing I want to do is I'm going to sample the color of the background, with my eye dropper. Just pick an area here that I think represents, that color. And, now I think I'm going to play with the sliders. I'm going to play with both the hue, the saturation, and the luminance. So with the hue we can of course, change the color and I'm just going to tone down the color a little bit not to make it quite such a vibrant blue.
And then I'm going to take down the saturation, and I can take the saturation all the way down to making it practically monochrome. We'll leave a little color in the background. I can either make it brighter or bring down the luminance there. So we'll keep it somewhere in there. Now, the thing you want to keep an eye on when you're doing that is making sure that your background adjustment isn't affecting any colors here in the shot.
One way to check it just to turn on and off the adjustment. And look at different areas. So let's take a look at his eyes while we turn this off and on. I don't see any change. I think we're okay. And thant's nice when you have a background color That's different than any of the colors that the subject is wearing, or maybe in their skin tones or their eyes. Then, these adjustments become very easy.
As when we made the clothing adjustment, if there is a little bit of spillover, then all you do is use the brush, Brushing tool. Take the eraser and just remove the color where you're getting that spill over, but for now, we're in great shape, and I think that's all we've got to do.
- Assessing your image
- Retouching blemishes
- Enhancing skin texture
- Adding highlights to the hair
- Adjusting clothing and backdrop color
- Brightening and sharpening eyes
- Converting to black and white