Monday, July 01, 2013

Automatically extend a background in Photoshop

If you need to extend a photo by adding more sky, clouds, grass, snow or other organic "background", here's the easy way, using Photoshop CS5 or later:

1. Choose Image > Canvas Size. Increase the width or height of your image, choose the anchor, set the Canvas extension color to White, and click OK.

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2. Choose the Quick Selection Tool (W) in the tool panel. Be sure that "Auto-Enhance" is selected in the Options bar at the top of the screen. Then select the additional white canvas you added to the photo by dragging through it with the Quick Selection Tool. 

3. Press the Delete key.

4. In the Fill dialog box, select Use "Content-Aware" for the Contents. Click the OK button.

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19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank You - cleanest method I have seen yet

Anonymous said...

Huge time saver!

Anonymous said...

Very cool. Just what I needed!

Anonymous said...

EXACTLY WHAT I NEED!
Very helpful! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much! It was a great help.

Anonymous said...

great..thanks

johnnygraphicx said...

wonderful!

Anonymous said...

so helpful. thank you!!!

nbsunshine said...

Perfect! Exactly what I needed and so EASY!!

Anonymous said...

Perfect solution

Arunima Rath said...

Pefect technique

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I really struggled to find a good explanation for how to do this but this method has really worked. Bookmarked for future use!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. Hands down, clearest technique and explanation.

Anonymous said...

Top Tip ! Very simple and prefect solution to my question. Many thanks

Cathy said...

This may be an old post, but I needed to say that it still has value, you just saved me so much time that I'm just annoyed that I didn't think to google months ago.

Anonymous said...

Just what I needed! Thank you!

Tara Heusé said...

Thanks - good solution BUT there is a visible seam at the fill point. Any ideas to make it seamless?

Keith Gilbert said...

@Tara, this techniques normally won't produce a visible seam. But, depending on what is in the area surrounding the background, you might see a seam. The effectiveness really depends on the content of the photo.

Bryan said...

it's 2017 and just used this method in Photoshop CC. Works great for product and lifestyle shots of models! Thanks so much!