Remove Background from a Photo in Photoshop Elements

Have you got a cute photo that  has a distracting background? With a couple of tweaks in Photoshop Elements, you can fix it up in just a couple of minutes!

When you are stepping through fixing your photos, here’s the basic steps to follow:

Protect your original photo

Create A Scrapbook Layout With A Quick page - 47 PSD format allows you to open the document later and see all layers

Whenever you edit a photo, you want to preserve your original photo, just in case! Here’s how:

  1. Open your JPEG photo file
  2. Save your file as a PSD (Photoshop Document)
  3. Click Layer – New Layer or clicking the new Layer button in the Layers panel  new layer

Each time you do a new edit, adding a new layer means it’s super easy to turn your edits on or off.

Remove Distracting Items from your Photo

remove objects from photo

Clean up little bits and pieces with the Spot Healing Tool, in my case I used it to clean up the toys on the carpet!

  1. Select the Spot Healing Tool spot healing tool
  2. Change it to content aware mode
    spot healing tool settings
  3. Select sample all layers
  4. Draw over the items you want to remove

Add a Blank wall

paint a blank wall

Instead of healing or cloning the rest of the photo, I will often just add a blank wall behind my subject when the background is distracting.

  1. Use the Color Picker tool to sample the wall
  2. Create a new layer to be your wall
  3. Paint over the area you want to be blank

Clean up your edits

clean up wall

In the video, I show a way to clean up your edits easily:

  1. Select the original photo layer
  2. Use the quick select tool to select the main subject of your photo
  3. Click to select your ‘wall’ layer and press delete
  4. Voilà ! Any stray marks on your photo subject are gone!

What about the basics

I’ve shown you some of the power of Photoshop Elements here today, but if you want to learn more about the very basics of Photo Editing in Photoshop Elements, PHOTO EDITING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS answers the most common questions that new Photoshop Elements users ask me. Straight to the point using the simplest method that will get you in and out of Photoshop Elements in a couple of minutes and 74 other ebooks and courses, go and check out the Ultimate DIY Bundle.

 

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Digital Scrapbooking Day!

November is here how did this happen so fast. I truly can’t believe that October is over and that it is November 1st. With that being said it is also digital scrapbooking day. I don’t generally scrap digitally but when I do I use photoshop elements. This little software helps me get my layouts done. I struggled for sometime with photoshop but since I have taken courses from Melissa over at Digital Scrapbooking HQ I struggle no more. Seriously if you have ever thought about scrapping digitally with photoshop then you are going to want to take some of Melissa’s classes.

Today is the first day for you to grab Melissa’s brand new class over at Creative Passions. What is the class all about? It’s about teaching you how to scrap digitally and is perfect for beginners and even for people who taught themselves how to use photoshop. This is what the class is all about.

Digital-Scrapbooking-for-Absolute-Beginners-Salespage-graphicInside Digital Scrapbooking for Absolute Beginners:

  • Learn to navigate around the Photoshop Elements workspace – find the tools and commands you need, when you need
  • Videos and a full step-by-step pdf – watch as Melissa demonstrates tips and techniques that will help you become a digital scrapbooker
  • A gorgeous designer kit from Studio Flergs – access to the same product Melissa uses in videos makes it easier to work through the materials
  • Master adding text to a page – after all, the difference between a scrapbook and a photo album is the story
  • Learn how to save your page for printing online – so your pages look the best they can

You can grab this amazing class by clicking the link here and you can check out Melissa’s site Digital Scrapbooking HQ here, where she has classes and tutorials for everyone.

 

14novackermanfreeNow if digital scrapbooking isn’t your thing then you should definitely check out some of the classes that Lain Ehman has over at Layout A Day. I have taken some wonderful classes and have learned so much. Some of the best classes that I have taken were even FREE. Speaking of FREE their is a great FREE class coming up by Stephanie Ackerman and you won’t want to miss out on this. Stephanie is sharing how to turn text into inspiring faith filled words of heart and let me tell you this is going to be a great scrapinar.  I follow Stephanie on Instagram and let me tell you her stuff is just so inspiring and beautiful. I am really looking forward to this class. You can sign up for the class here and if you can’t make it don’t worry you can watch the replay for a limited time.

 

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Can I just say I am super excited about this class that will be happening over at Big Picture Classes as well. I do a December Daily. I just started in 2012 but it is one of my favorite projects and every year I take a class of some kind to get me jump started or more inspired then I already am. This is what the class is all about.

12 Days of Christmas: December Duos: Document Your Holiday in a Delightfully Fun and New Way

Taught by Stacy Julian, Amy Tan, Elise Blaha Cripe, Aly Dosdall, Kelly Purkey, Tami Morrison, Elizabeth Dillow, May Flaum, Angie Gutshall, Rebecca Cooper, Jennifer Wilson, Tammy Tutterow

2-week guided workshop • Starts December 12, 2014

Capture Christmas as it happens! A dozen instructors are here to help you photograph this year’s holiday memories in real time—and display them in a delightfully simple album that will warm your heart for years to come.

The “December Duos” concept is easy, stress-free, and inspiring. Every day for the twelve days leading up to Christmas Day, two of our twelve instructors will share a scrapbook layout, video message, and a page prompt in the form of a duo (“warm & cold,” “give & receive,” “near & far”). That’s a total of two-dozen inspiring ideas!

You can follow the instructor’s lead or march in your own direction as you snap your photos for the day. Then, after printing our fabulously free journaling cards and title cards, you’ll either slip the cards and your photos into a Project Life mini album from American Crafts or use them on a traditional (or digital) scrapbook page.

You can grab this awesome class by clicking here.

Well their you have it this is what I will be looking forward to. Do you take any scrapbooking classes. Let us know in the comments so we can all find new classes to take.

 

 


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So Behind with Project Life

Well hello there and welcome to my site. If you are here today through the Project Life blog hop then you should have come from Kelsey’s site but if you didn’t come from Kelsey’s site no worries as I will have a full line up of the participants in the hop at the bottom of the post.

Now it’s confession time, I have been pretty good with keeping up with the family’s project life album but the baby’s album on the other hand not so much. I thought that it was going to be a breeze scrapping his album digitally project life style. The problem is truly finding the time. It still takes me quite a long time to get layouts done digitally and that all has to do with the fact that I can’t always get photoshop to do what I want, usually when it comes to journaling. I am still debating on whether or not I am just going to print his photos out and do the remainder of his album project life style with printed photos. Either way his album will have embellishments added to it when I print the layouts and get them home because the thought of trying to add digital embellies just freaks me out of how time consuming that would be for me.

Now that you have heard me complain don’t you want to know where I am with the baby’s project life album? I managed to get to March for him, mind you he was born in January. So I have only scrapped the first two months of his life and he is already 9 months old. Talk about feeling the pressure. I definitely need to try and set some time aside for the baby’s album.

Here are the few pages that I managed to work on this week.

 

How are you doing with your scrapbooking this year? Are you up to date? If not you should definitely check out this class over at Big Picture Classes. This is what the class is all about.

Catch Up with Project Life: Progress, Process, and Productivity for Pocket-Page Scrapbookers

3-week guided workshop • Starts October 30, 2014

Get over the guilt of feeling perpetually behind! Catch Up with Project Life will reconnect you to feelings of accomplishment and gratitude—both for the hobby you love and your life in general. Instructors Annette, Megan, and Trish are here to help you tackle common trouble areas, so you can make real progress with your Project Life albums.

After three weeks of inspiration and interaction from your three talented hosts, you’ll walk away with:

Finished layouts that fill in the missing gaps in your albums

Photos printed and organized, ready for use in your projects

Photo management ideas to keep you productive long term

An organized workspace to help you get more from your creative time

Not everyone approaches pocket-style scrapbooking the same way. But no matter what approach you take, you’ll learn a ton and have a ball in Catch Up with Project Life!

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All I can say is I highly recommend this class. I know that I am going to take it as I definitely need to catch up and not feel guilty about where I am at with my project life albums. Now go on and hop on over to the other ladies sites and see where they with their project life.

Loving Life’s Little Blessings – Katina Martinez

Today Kelsey Is – Kelsey

Scrapping Wonders – Beth (You Are Here)

Stampin’ Cita – Carmelita Wasson

TxStampinSharon – Sharon Armstrong

StampinbyHannah – Hannah


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