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How to add a color background to your photo

With Photo Studio it’s easy to remove and replace a photo background. The program provides a wide choice of fun backgrounds and you can even import your own backgrounds to use as pictures.

But what if you want to add a simple color background to your picture? For example, a clean white background for product shots, or a soft graduated background on a portrait photo. This is also possible in Photo Studio, we’ll show you how.

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Option 1 – Add a solid color background

You can add a solid color from the selection available in Photo Cutter or customize your own color and save it for future use.

1. Remove the existing background 

Open your photo in Photo Cutter and start by cutting out the original background using the Cut-out tool. You can find out how to do this in this tutorial.

Erasing a background with the Cut-out tool

Tip: before moving to the next step, you can use the View mode menu to check if your photo cutout is accurate enough by previewing it against a color background

2. Select a background color

Save your photo and click the Photomontage tab (the one with mountains).

At the top of the backgrounds you will see a color selector. Simply click a color to preview it on your photo.

To expand the palette and customize your color, click the + button and move your mouse over the color chart.

Adding a solid color background

3. Save your new color

You can save your new color, by clicking the + on the palette. This will add it to your main color selector so you that you can easily find it next time. You can also copy the color code found in the # box and paste it to another project.

Finally, click OK to apply your newly created color to your image

Option 2 – Add a gradient color background

Linear gradient example

In certain cases, using a color gradient can further enhance your background. The use of gradients can also create a more nuanced and natural-looking image.

1. Remove the existing background

To add a gradient background, first cut out your background as above, then head to the Photomontage tab.

2. Add a gradient

Like before, click the + in the color selector to open the full color palette window.

Select the gradient tab and choose a color.

Color selector and gradient tool

3. Customize your gradient

By experimenting with the rectangular color bar, you can add gradient points to create further color variations. Simply click the bar to add a new gradient point.

You can move gradient points from left to right and vice versa, to position them on the photo. Try to remain within the same color tones for consistency (here pink/violet).

Tip: To preview your gradient in the main workspace and make adjustments in real time, go to the Adjustments tab and click “background color” to access the palette.

Viewing gradient via the adjustments tab

There are two types of gradient possible:

Linear Gradient: The color progression is applied in a straight line as above.

Radial Gradient: The color progression is applied in a circular manner.

Radial gradient example

Note: The choice of circular or linear gradient is made by clicking the buttons next to the horizontal color gradients bar.

Selecting a gradient type

Finally, don’t forget to save your photo with your new background!

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