Photo Recipe | {Fake a Soft, Colorful Backdrop}

May 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I love the simplicity of a newborn picture - the creamy skin and sleepy wonder of a new life.  It's all so perfect and soft.

But, sometimes I just want to girl it up!  I guess having two boys at home gets me all excited about anything girlie, so I decided to dress up the background in this sweet girl's photo.

Here she is before:

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I chose a texture from Love that Shot called Glass Slipper.  It is a pretty shade of pink with light bokeh to show off how special she is!  Their action does all of the Photoshop labor for applying the texture.  I just masked it off of her skin.  Sometimes when I work with textures, I like to smooth them out a bit.  Simply click on the texture while it's in your layer panel.  Click on Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur.  Play around with the effect until you're happy with how it complements your image.  In this case, I blurred at 18%  

Photo Recipe | {Fake a Soft, Dreamy Backdrop} | Myrtle Beach Photographer | Bottle Tree Photography | Before and After | Love that Shot | Using TexturesPhoto Recipe | {Fake a Soft, Dreamy Backdrop} | Myrtle Beach Photographer | Bottle Tree Photography | Before and After | Love that Shot | Using TexturesPhoto Recipe | {Fake a Soft, Dreamy Backdrop} | Myrtle Beach Photographer | Bottle Tree Photography | Before and After | Love that Shot | Using Textures

 

Just to pink the background up a bit more, I ran a color fill layer on soft light at 40% (and masked off the skin).

Photo Recipe | {Fake a Soft, Dreamy Backdrop} | Myrtle Beach Photographer | Bottle Tree Photography | Before and After | Love that Shot | Using TexturesPhoto Recipe | {Fake a Soft, Dreamy Backdrop} | Myrtle Beach Photographer | Bottle Tree Photography | Before and After | Love that Shot | Using TexturesPhoto Recipe | {Fake a Soft, Dreamy Backdrop} | Myrtle Beach Photographer | Bottle Tree Photography | Before and After | Love that Shot | Using Textures

 

And that is how you can fake a backdrop by using textures!

Photo Recipe | {Fake a Soft, Dreamy Backdrop} | Myrtle Beach Photographer | Bottle Tree Photography | Before and After | Love that Shot | Using TexturesPhoto Recipe | {Fake a Soft, Dreamy Backdrop} | Myrtle Beach Photographer | Bottle Tree Photography | Before and After | Love that Shot | Using TexturesPhoto Recipe | {Fake a Soft, Dreamy Backdrop} | Myrtle Beach Photographer | Bottle Tree Photography | Before and After | Love that Shot | Using Textures

 

Before and after:

Photo Recipe | {Fake a Soft, Dreamy Backdrop} | Myrtle Beach Photographer | Bottle Tree Photography | Before and After | Love that Shot | Using TexturesPhoto Recipe | {Fake a Soft, Dreamy Backdrop} | Myrtle Beach Photographer | Bottle Tree Photography | Before and After | Love that Shot | Using TexturesPhoto Recipe | {Fake a Soft, Dreamy Backdrop} | Myrtle Beach Photographer | Bottle Tree Photography | Before and After | Love that Shot | Using Textures

 

I hope this before and after was helpful!  Check out Love that Shot for more information on their textures and veils!

 


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