How to Change the Background Color in Photoshop


This wikiHow teaches you how to alter the background color in new and existing Adobe Photoshop files.

Part 1
In a New File

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It's a blue app icon that contains the letters "Ps."

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It's on the left side of the menu bar at the top of the screen.

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It's near the top of the drop-down menu.

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" drop-down menu. It's near the center of the dialog box.

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Click on one of the following: Transparent for no background color. White if you'd like the background to be white. Background Color if you'd like to use the preset background color.

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Do so in the "Name:" field at the top of the dialog box.

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It's in the upper-right corner of the dialog box.

Part 2
In the Background Layer

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It's a blue app icon that contains the letters "Ps."

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Do so by pressing CTRL+O (Windows) or ⌘ +O (Mac), selecting the image file you wish to open, and then clicking Open in the lower-right corner of the dialog box.

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It's in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

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The "Layers" menu window will appear in the lower-right corner of the photoshop window.

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It's near the left side of the menu bar at the top of the screen.

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It's near the top of the menu.

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" drop-down menu.

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Select the color you want the background to be.

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Use the color picker tool to adjust the color to the shade you like.

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Do so in the "Layers" window in the bottom-right of the window.

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If the new layer is not still highlighted, click on it.

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It's near the left side of the menu bar at the top of the screen.

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It's near the bottom of the "Layer" menu. The background layer should be the color you chose.

Part 3
In the Photoshop Workspace

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It's a blue app icon that contains the letters "Ps."

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Do so by pressing CTRL+O (Windows) or ⌘ +O (Mac), selecting the image file you wish to open, and then clicking Open in the lower-right corner of the dialog box.

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It's the dark border around your image in the Photoshop window. You may need to zoom out to see the workspace. To do so CTRL+ - (Windows) or ⌘ + - (Mac).

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If the available options don't appeal to you, click on Select Custom Color, then choose your color and click on OK.

Part 4
In an Image

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It's a blue app icon that contains the letters "Ps."

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Do so by pressing CTRL+O (Windows) or ⌘ +O (Mac), selecting the image file you wish to open, and then clicking Open in the lower-right corner of the dialog box.

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It looks like a paintbrush with a dotted circle around its tip near the top of your tool menu. If you see a tool that looks like a magic wand, click and briefly hold on it. When you release the click, a drop-down of available tools should appear. Click on the Quick Selection Tool.

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Click and drag across the body of the image.[1] If the image is very detailed, click and drag small sections, rather than trying to move over the entire image. Once you have selected a portion of the image, you can click at the bottom of the selection and drag further to increase the selection. Continue until there is a dotted line around the perimeter of your foreground image. If the Quick Selection Tool highlights an area outside of the image, click on the “Subtract from Selection” brush at the top-left corner of the window. It looks like the quick selection tool, but has a "minus" (-) next to it.

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It's at the top of the window.

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" It's in the "Edge Detection" section of the dialog box.

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Pay attention to how it looks on your image. When you have the edge refined, click on OK.

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A menu will pop-up.

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It's near the top of the menu.

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It's near the left side of the menu bar at the top of the screen.

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It's near the top of the menu.

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" drop-down menu.

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Select the color you want the background to be.

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Use the color picker tool to adjust the color to the shade you like.

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The background of the image should be the color you chose. Click on File in the menu bar and Save or Save As... in the drop-down menu to save your changes.