How to Clean Up Backgrounds in Photoshop

When you are working in the studio or on a slow-paced shoot, you generally have pretty good control of the background. However, in a lot of situations, you will not have control over the background or the time to fix it. Fortunately, it is not overly difficult or time-consuming to get rid of most background distractions, and this fantastic video tutorial will show you a few ways to do so using Photoshop.

Coming to you from Aaron Nace with Phlearn, this awesome video tutorial will show you how to remove background distractions using Photoshop. No doubt, it is better to control the background before you take the picture if possible, but this is not always an option. For example, wedding and events photographers will sometimes get a good shot that can sometimes be significantly improved by getting rid of distractions in the background. Luckily, Photoshop has a wide array of semi-automatic tools that make all but the most complex distractions disappear relatively easily, most often in one step. And if those fail, you can always return to the tried and trusted Clone Stamp tool to get rid of those distractions. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Nace.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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better you should do a series on cleaning up those tacky tattoos