blending floor and background in PS

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).

blending floor and background in PS 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.

blending floor and background in PS photo

3. Select the Patch Tool.

blending floor and background in PS photo

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

blending floor and background in PS photo

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

blending floor and background in PS photo

blending floor and background in PS 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.

blending floor and background in PS photo

blending floor and background in PS 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.

blending floor and background in PS 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.

blending floor and background in PS 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.

blending floor and background in PS photo

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

blending floor and background in PS 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.

blending floor and background in PS 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.

blending floor and background in PS photo

Flatten image. All done!

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

blending floor and background in PS photo

blending floor and background in PS 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 Responses to “blending floor and background in PS”

  1. Aug 12 2013 at 11:46 am #

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

  2. Aug 12 2013 at 1:52 pm #

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

  3. Aug 14 2013 at 5:01 pm #

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

  4. Aug 14 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    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.

  5. Aug 18 2013 at 12:31 am #

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

  6. Sep 03 2013 at 10:27 am #

    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?

  7. Sep 03 2013 at 10:31 am #

    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?

  8. jessica
    Sep 09 2013 at 3:49 pm #

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

  9. Phanessa
    May 21 2014 at 12:26 pm #

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

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