Tuesday , 30 May 2017

Product Photography Tip- Changing the Background

In one of my previous posts, I discussed the different options for editing your photographs. My favorite option for making an item pop is to change your background to black and white. Today I’m going to show you how this is done. It’s extremely simple. Believe me, if I can manage this, anybody can.

Product Photography
Changing the Background

waterstone eco recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

This is the original photograph. I export the photo at maximum quality and medium size.

I then go to Picnik.com and import the photo. Once imported, I click on the “Create” tab, then “Effects”. Next, on the left side click “Black and White”.

waterstone eco recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

Once there, another box will pop up and you will want to click on the “Original” tab. At this point, I like to zoom in on the photo. You can do this by moving the bar in the box on the lower right side. After zooming in, go back to your pop-up box and adjust the size of your paintbrush. I also prefer to adjust the hardness of the brush so that the edges are sharper.

waterstone eco recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

Once you’ve played around a bit, you’ll see just how easy it is to make this change.
You can see from the pictures shown below just how much it makes your product stand out.

waterstone eco recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

waterstone eco recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

waterstone eco recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

waterstone eco recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

waterstone eco recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

~Lori Plyler

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30 comments

  1. Thanks for the feature! Hope this helps someone.

  2. ooooh! Great tip! I like this effect a lot!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Fantastic tip! I have just started experimenting with Picnik, so thank you so much. :)

  4. Photo’s is an area I really need to work on and have been avoiding it. This is SO easy. Thanks for the easy instructions – and picknik is a very cool site. It just took me a few minutes to get comfortable with many of the features it has. Very cool!! Thanks!

  5. This tutorial is as fantastic as are those HANDBAGS ! Thanks & success to you.

  6. I can’t wait to try this! Beautiful!

  7. Ohhh I love it. I have to try doing this. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Great tip…does PhotoShop have the same option?

  9. Wow! That is fantastic!

  10. I love it. My photos are on flickr. I’ll have to see if there is a similar feature. Thanks!

  11. Lori, Thanks for the tutorial! I love picnik. I have wondered how this was done, and you explain it so simply. Your bags are beautiful too. Keep up the wonderful work. <3 Cherie

  12. I have been wondering how to do this, thank you for sharing Lori!

  13. Wow, great tip…can’t wait to try it. And great blog too.

  14. I went to Picnik and tried this on one of my photos. Utterly amazing! Thanks for sharing this tip. I had no idea this could be done. I figured black and white meant the entire photo would be black and white.

  15. Excellent idea. Intrusive backgrounds turn me away from shops. I know they turn others away too.

  16. Excellent idea! It really does make the product stand out & no matter how pretty the background, it’s the product you’re trying to highlight. I didn’t know the Picnik function could be used this way & wondered how some sellers were getting this effect. Thanks for showing us!

  17. Great tip. I signed on to Picnik.com and did NOT see the same list of commands that you have access to. do you have a professional account?

  18. What a great idea! I’m going to use this for my newest photos!

    Thank you for the inspiration and the tips/

  19. Hi Mary,

    No, I do not have a professional account. I pull it up and use the freebie just like anyone else.

    Even if the tabs or categories are a little different you should be able to find an “effects” section and then black and white.

    All my best to you!

  20. This is really cool, I was wondering how they did that!

  21. Thanks from me too! I will mess around with this tonight.

  22. Great advice, will be trying this out for sure!

  23. Super great tip! FANTASTIC Bags :- )

  24. I want that bag in the middle… the black and white one!!!! Love it :)

  25. WOWWW!!! LOVE IT!!! THANK YOU!!! :D

  26. I just clicked on the picnik link and it says it closed in April 2012 :( I’d been wondering how to do this as well.

  27. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HEAR ABIOUT PICNIK! I am so getting on it.

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