Learning to change a background in PS

Photoshop has been sitting unused on my pc since I bought it about a month ago, so today I jumped in at the deep end and learned how to 'put a subject onto a different background'.....3 hours later Daphne, with her very furry hat and coat, are finally in their new destination, (she has featured before and was originally sitting in a bus shelter).
In future I might just walk around with a load of backgrounds to save me the bother!
Wow -- inspiring as I'm in the same situation...haven't opened it. Did you use a tutorial? A book? Website?
posted February 12th, 2015  
WOW!!!. there is some life in there!!! :)
posted February 12th, 2015  
Amazing shot!
posted February 12th, 2015  
@taffy Everything I could lay my hands on, but mainly youtube, I had two monitors so that I could watch and do at the same time, they always assume you know the basics so I have to watch every move over and over again!
posted February 12th, 2015  
Very good job in the background, especially with the hair. I have to look real hard (hair on camera left) to suspect that something might have been done.

So the details in your past work is done in LR only? I really enjoy the clarity and sharpness is some of your portraits. Just the right amount to get some of details (i.e. wrinkles) to pop.
posted February 12th, 2015  
@jo13 Two monitors -- brilliant idea!! Thanks!! One of those 'aha' moments of 'why in the world didn't I think of that?' as I've been frustrated in the past with a tutorial on, and having to continually switch screens, losing my place, etc.
posted February 12th, 2015  
Well done !
posted February 12th, 2015  
What a wonderful face and well on done with your new found skills.
posted February 12th, 2015  
Fab shot! You did brilliantly and picked a tricky subject to start with the hair and furry hat making blending quite challenging! Knowing your dedication when you get your head around something, you will be an expert in no time :-)
posted February 12th, 2015  
@taffy It only dawned on me recently, hubby and I share an office each with a computer, but he doesn't get a look in now!
posted February 12th, 2015  
Great shot and love the idea of seeing you in London with a pack of backgrounds with you!! Let me know when you do this could be a good portrait shot. Te he
posted February 12th, 2015  
The background on a portrait seems to be so important. I use photomatix to change backgrounds not photoshop as I don't have the patience to figure it out!
posted February 12th, 2015  
Hello Jo !! I knew this was one of yours !!! Absolutely wonderful clarity and detail in the well worn face !! and a great job in creating the background which doesn't distract from the portrait !! FAV
posted February 12th, 2015  
Beautiful portrait.... fav
posted February 12th, 2015  
@davidtom Couldn't find any good tutorials on how to clean up hair once cut out, so had to wing it. Lightroom has been great and is a breeze compared to PS.
posted February 12th, 2015  
wonderful
posted February 12th, 2015  
@maggiemae Oooddles of patience needed!!
posted February 12th, 2015  
@padlock Don't tempt me!
posted February 12th, 2015  
@beryl Thank you Beryl.
posted February 12th, 2015  
@jo13 So far, my experience with hair is that it that matching lighting of the hair and background is important. With soft masking brushes, it generally does a good enough job to mask the PS work. Otherwise, backlit strands of hair and dark background makes the job a mess.

Kudos for your efforts at it.
posted February 12th, 2015  
@roseolivia Hang on 'blending' I didn't come across any blending instructions, you mean to tell me there is an easier way to do this!!!!!
posted February 12th, 2015  
@jo13 I usually place a background on top of the image, play with the bleeding modes to see which one is the closest to what I want and then tidy it up with a mask, what did you do? Blending modes are brilliant, play with them above your layers panel)!
posted February 12th, 2015  
@davidtom It just shows how much I have to learn as masking and blending weren't mentioned, just selecting and refining!!! Oh well onwards and upwards.
posted February 12th, 2015  
@roseolivia Ha, those pages must have been stuck together! I went the select and refine route, and it was extremely long and fiddly!!
posted February 12th, 2015  
Rome wasn't built in a day Jo. This is an amazing portrait. So much character. Great lighting and a super background. Fav.
posted February 12th, 2015  
something told me it was your image as soon as I saw it ... fav!!
posted February 12th, 2015  
Fabulous shot and processing, brilliant result -fav
posted February 12th, 2015  
How clever if you Jo......I have often wanted to change the colour of a background but had no idea you could! Lovely face & that background compliments her so much!
posted February 12th, 2015  
@derekvickers You motivated me to have a go.
posted February 12th, 2015  
@jo13
It's a great tool Jo. It becomes addictive. Did you get the camera out today too?
posted February 12th, 2015  
amazing shot ~ I would never of guessed the background was PS'd in.

what tutorial did you use? I have PS and use it for editing but nothing as fancy as changing backgrounds LOL
posted February 12th, 2015  
@derekvickers Nope, it was sooo grey and bleak, totally uninspiring, so decided today was the day for PS!
posted February 12th, 2015  
You certainly have a lot of patience! That said, great choice of background as it really high-lights the color of her eyes. Fabulous face and portrait. Fav.
posted February 12th, 2015  
@alisonp Not one in particular, and one or two on cutting out animal fur, plus Scott Kelbys photoshop book!!! Rather a round about route, I just can't get my head around the layers and because I watched so many videos they all did it slightly differently to I had layers, duplicates, smart something's all over the place, nightmare!
posted February 12th, 2015  
Kim
Wow, amazing portrait! FAV
posted February 12th, 2015  
@jo13 smart somethings? LOL ~ no idea about them ~ perhaps I need to sit down and learn PS :-)

whatever you did you did a mighty fine job ~ that hat looks like it would be a nightmare to PS around
posted February 12th, 2015  
amazing shot, and processing
posted February 12th, 2015  
@alisonp If one sat down to learn PS one might never get up again, it's a monster!
posted February 12th, 2015  
Superb!
posted February 12th, 2015  
Amazing result! Congratulations.
posted February 12th, 2015  
Well done you! I keep meaning to learn how to do things using PS but never seem to get the time!
posted February 12th, 2015  
Super shot
posted February 12th, 2015  
This is a beautiful portrait and very well done. fav.
posted February 12th, 2015  
she looks a bit like she is steaming in that hat :)
posted February 12th, 2015  
Fantastic portrait and such great work in PS changing the background. I have PS but have only dipped my toe in the water really . Cloning is about all I use it for. Fav!
posted February 12th, 2015  
Great portrait!!
posted February 12th, 2015  
Magnificent portrait -- really fantastic! There's something about a great portrait and you really nailed it! Fav
posted February 12th, 2015  
And btw great job on the background : )
posted February 12th, 2015  
Wonderful shot! Well worth the effort of working on the background. Next time it will be easier. I just got photoshop a few days ago & saw how you can do this! Cool. I am struggling even trying to put my name on my picture! fav by the way.
posted February 12th, 2015  
She's amazing with any background but I love the concept - just have them rolled up under your arm.
posted February 12th, 2015  
@linah Good luck, I hope you saw the simplified version!
posted February 12th, 2015  
Awesome portrait! Fantastic job changing the background.
posted February 12th, 2015  
Wonderful capture and congrats on the background. You captured a grand lady and can see that in her face and eyes. Beautiful portrait!
posted February 13th, 2015  
I love playing in PS. As soon as you're used to it you'll quit being frustrated and start having fun! But the way this looks you're a natural, you did a fantastic job. I don't carry backgrounds with me ;) but I take photos and use them for layers, or I grab them from many sites on the internet. I can work on something for an hour though and delete it because I think the end result is horrid. Does Daphne get to see her portraits? FAV by the way.
posted February 13th, 2015  
Love this old lady,s face. Real character A Fav
posted February 13th, 2015  
Such a terrific shot - I love her eyes. Clever PS editing. Fav
posted February 13th, 2015  
@rill I came across Daphne at a bus stop so she hasn't seen this, and to be honest I'm not sure that she would be that pleased!
posted February 13th, 2015  
You really are amazing at portraits. A fav of course. Awesome.
posted February 13th, 2015  
Wow well done on changing the background! This is a beatufiul portrait!
posted February 13th, 2015  
What a great face.
posted February 13th, 2015  
@jo13 And here I thought she was being a really good sport, lol.
posted February 13th, 2015  
Thought I recognised this lady. Great job done with the background.
posted February 13th, 2015  
Wow... this is fabulous! FAV!
posted February 13th, 2015  
Wow- change the background... so much yet to learn!
posted February 14th, 2015  
Fantastic processing.
posted February 19th, 2015  
Absolutely fantastic PS work. One would never know you just blew the dust off that program and jumped in the deep end of the learning pool. Wow! Your talent never ceases to amaze. That you came and complimented my B&W self-portrait, well, that was quite the honor. Thank you for the time taken in dropping by.
posted February 21st, 2015  
Ah yes a much kinder processing this time ... Beautiful in colour no ... bring a out those wonderful eyes and the scarf x
posted February 21st, 2015  
Now not no. Why can't we edit our comments!!
posted February 21st, 2015  
WOW! WOW! WOW! I haven't seen her before but the background is fantastic with her portrait!! Is one eye another color than the other? The character lines are superb and what a lovely lady!!! I wouldn't mind that hat myself!!! I'd look stupid in it, but wouldn't mind it!!! FAV!
Thanks for stopping by my page and hope you don't mind me following you...not in a stalking way, just photos!! LOL Thanks for the very nice comment also!
posted February 22nd, 2015  
@cashew Thank you for your comment and follow Kathy
posted February 22nd, 2015  
Brilliant! Fav'd and now following.
posted February 24th, 2015  
Beautiful !!
posted February 26th, 2015  
Fab job done with the background Jo, and a fabulous portrait too! I seem to have done a similar version to you for changing the background. I did it about a year ago and can't remember what I did now. I think my portrait was an easier one than yours. Always know your photo will be a stunner.
posted February 28th, 2015  
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