How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop

by Frayda Breitowitz

Have you ever wondered how to get the nicely blended backgrounds in newborn prop images without having to position your subject 12 feet from your backdrop and shooting at f/1.2? Well, there are always 100 ways to do one thing in Adobe Photoshop, but this is how I blend backgrounds in post.

First, we’re going to blend the main line separating the backdrop from the floor.

1. Open the image in Photoshop (I’m using Photoshop CS6, but this should work in previous versions as well).

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

2. Duplicate the layer by dragging the layer and releasing it on the “Create a New Layer” icon at the bottom of the layers panel. Or you can duplicate the layer from your menu bar by clicking Layer > Duplicate.

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

3. Select the Patch Tool.

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

4. Using the Patch Tool, select the area you’d like to blend. Be careful not to go too close to the subject.

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

5. Click and drag your selection up to where it’s smooth and release your selection.

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

6. Click outside of your selection to deselect. Or you can deselect your selection from your menu bar by clicking Select > Deselect.

7. Select the Eraser Tool and set it to a medium sized (approx. 500px) soft (hardness 0px) brush.

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

8. Slowly erase back the part of the floor that you want to be able to see. Be careful not to go as far up as the line you just got rid of.

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

9. Flatten the image by right-clicking on the background layer and selecting “Flatten Image.” You can also flatten the image by clicking Layer > Flatten Image on your menu bar.

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

10. Duplicate the layer again. Layer > Duplicate.

Now we need to fix the area very close to the subject.

11. Select the Clone Stamp Tool.

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

12. Hold down the Alt/Option key and select an area very close to the area you need to fix.

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

13. Choose a brush size and hardness that is appropriate for the subject next to it, and clone in the area right next to the subject, being careful not to go onto your subject.

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

Flatten image.

Now, you must do the same for the other side of the image.

To do that, simply repeat steps 2 – 13 on the other side.

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

Flatten image. All done!

That wasn’t too bad, was it? And you thought it was some big ole secret! ;)

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photo

How to blend your floor and background together in Photoshop photoFrayda Breitowitz, Maryland
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Art being her first love, Frayda views photography and digital art as, “No different from a painting on canvas, just without the mess.” She owns and manages FeeBee Photography, a boutique newborn portrait studio located in Columbia, MD which is a half hour commute from her home in Baltimore that she shares with her husband and two young daughters. With minimal use of props and tasteful pops of color, her style is simple and natural, always keeping the focus on the subject and the emotion captured in the image.  Frayda’s happiest moments are shared between providing moms with, “The ability to hold onto the precious newborn time forever,” and, “Being present and living in the moment with my family, without whom, I would have nothing.”

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9 Comments

  • Kristi says:

    Thanks! I have actual woodwork and the backdrop above it, but it’s the same problem with them not meeting.

  • Melissa says:

    Thanks for this! How would you recommend doing this if your backdrop and floor were separate colors and patterns?

  • Sarah says:

    You made that look really easy!!! Thanks for the tips. :)

  • Frayda says:

    Melissa, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend doing it if your backdrop and floor are different colors or patterns. Maybe you can use moulding between them so it’s not just an ugly line separating them, but if you’re not using a floor and backdrop that look like they could fade into one another if they’re far enough away from each other, I wouldn’t use this effect.

  • Thank you for the tutorial! I’m going to try it out soon!

  • Jamie Bates says:

    Oooh, this is so beautiful. I had the same thought as Melissa, because I don’t have a floor and backdrop that are so close in color as this. I love this soft, sweet color, too. Is your backdrop paper or canvas or other?

  • Jamie Bates says:

    i meant to ask too- do you ever lower the flow on your eraser? Would that add a little more control to the amount of blending on the area you are erasing?

  • jessica says:

    what would you recommend for elements 10? i dont seem to have the patch work tool =(

  • Phanessa says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. What kind of floor is that? Vinly, paper, wood?

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