How to Change Backgrounds in Photoshop Elements

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How to Change Backgrounds in Photoshop Elements
Photoshop Elements allows you to change backgrounds. (sky background. sky and clouds background. image by Sergey Sukhorukov from

Changing a background in Photoshop Elements allows you to add mood or life to an image. For example, if you have taken a family photo in front of an undesirable background, you can remove the background and instead replace it with an image of a beach or a sunset. Photoshop Elements features tools that make the process involved with changing backgrounds in an image easy to do in a matter of only a few minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Photoshop Elements

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  1. 1

    Click the "Photoshop Elements" icon on your desktop to open the program.

  2. 2

    Select "File" and "Open." Navigate your folders until you find the photo you want to edit.

  3. 3

    Click the image's thumbnail. Click "Open."

  4. 4

    Select the "Magnetic Lasso" tool from the toolbar.

  5. 5

    Click around the subject in your image that you do not want to delete. The magnetic lasso will automatically adhere to the edges of the subject as you move the cursor around it. Start and end your line at the same place. A small circle will appear to designate your ending point when you reach it.

  6. 6

    Click the "Select" menu and "Click "Inverse." The background will now be selected.

  7. 7

    Push the "DELETE" key. The background will no longer appear.

  8. 8

    Click the "Windows" menu and select "Layers." The "Layers" palette will appear.

  9. 9

    Click the "New Layer" icon at the bottom of the "Layers" palette. Name the layer "New Background."

  10. 10

    Select "File" and "Open" and navigate to the new background image you want to use. Click the image's thumbnail and select "Open."

  11. 11

    Click, hold and drag the "New Background" layer to the bottom of the list in the "Layers" palette. You now have changed the background in Photoshop Elements.

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