Background Whitening – Making the Purest Canvas Behind

Ever felt the need to place a photo on a white backdrop and not use a cut out of the same! Often some images of products need this look. This calls for fixing the white canvas around the product. With the applications of levels this can be accomplished. But in the first place how does a white background not be pure white? The reasons range from the source of lighting in the studio; reflecting and overlooking of shadowy elements tend to give a color contrast. Sometimes, the digital equipment is not of a good quality is also reason enough to lead to darker shots. There are times when the numerous lights tend to over exposure the items. Now Photoshop has the convenience of looking after these issues during the editing process. Since most editors know how to use the color correction techniques the process is of course simplified.

The eyedropper tool is used to whiten the areas that are dark. For the adjustment a mask can also be used. This will help in getting a uniform tone to the entire background. At all times the product has to be highlighted. Hence while the tools are being used the main object in focus can remain hidden. Evaluating the necessity of working on the background is the next step. One this is done the level adjustments are applied.  The dropper is dragged to the areas where more background whitening is required. If need be check the color channels and tweak the coloring portions. The editor will need to preview the adjustment layer. By the switch on and off device he can see if the whitening process is successful or needs more work. This is useful if the images of the products are exposed correctly. Darker images need a different level of technique of whitening. The main subject may need to be made clearer. The image may have been shot long back and the frame may be washed out. In the adjustment levels move the darker areas with the sliders. They can be adjusted to bring on the right level of whiteness. One or two copies can be made once the…

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