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Tuesday
Aug262014

Food Photography Tip of the Week |21|

Food Photography Tip of the Week |21|

How to change your background color in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Do you remember a few weeks ago when I showed you how checking the “soft proofing” box in the “develop” mode in Lightroom turns the background to white instead of gray?

Food Photography Tip of the Week - background display color | edibleperspective.com

That little tip received so many comments! Many of you were ecstatic to hear you could change the background color to white after being frustrated editing against a gray background. It’s much more difficult to gauge the colors temperature [in my opinion] when editing on a gray background. Using a white background allows me to tell when the photo is too warm or too cool. This helps avoid having to re-edit photos when I bring them into my blog post and see them on a white background for the first time.

But recently, I discovered something even better.

Food Photography Tip of the Week - background display color | edibleperspective.com

Simply RIGHT CLICK on the background and a box pops up with multiple color options.

Yes, it’s that easy!

You also have a choice of background texture.

Food Photography Tip of the Week - background display color | edibleperspective.com

Checking the soft proofing box will turn the background white but that tool is actually used to help determine how a photo will look when printed. If you check the soft proofing box you can then look in the “histogram” area on the top right which will now read “soft proofing.” This shows you which areas of the photo are outside the appropriate range for print or for viewing on your monitor.

You can definitely still use the soft proofing box to change your background display to white but I think the right click method is the more correct way to go about it.

Food Photography Tip of the Week - background display color | edibleperspective.com

You can also permanently change the background color in Lightroom by adjusting the option in your “preferences” menu. Simply change the “main window –> fill color” to white. Now your background display will always be white.

Food Photography Tip of the Week - background display color | edibleperspective.com

Now guess what else?

Food Photography Tip of the Week - background display color | edibleperspective.com

You can do the EXACT same thing in Photoshop! This has bugged me for years and I was never able to figure out a solution. Whenever I tried to check Google for the answer it always led me to how to change background colors when editing photos, not the actual background in PS.

When I realized you could do this in LR I gave it a try in PS and was dumbfounded. And in Photoshop you can select the custom color of your choice! Just right click and choose “custom color” and the box below will pop up. Or select from the menu choice of colors. I always stick to white.

Food Photography Tip of the Week - background display color | edibleperspective.com

Hooray for white backgrounds!

Food Photography Tip of the Week - background display color | edibleperspective.com

Such an easy tip but such a big help! I hope you find it as useful as I have!

Ashley

Monday
Aug252014

vacation scenes

Last week we were adventuring back east visiting friends, eating non-stop, cheers’ing every single day, laughing, hiking, playing, and just generally enjoying summer and little time away.

Atlanta, GA –> Asheville, NC –> Knoxville, TN

*all photos taken with an iPhone*

// King of Pops – Chocolate Sea Salt

vacation scenes ATL | edibleperspective.com

// Atlanta Braves game

vacation scenes ATL | edibleperspective.com

// hiking around the Blue Ridge Parkway

vacation scenes Asheville, NC | edibleperspective.com

// Blue Ridge Parkway views

vacation scenes Asheville, NC | edibleperspective.com

// waterfall hike + swim

vacation scenes Asheville, NC | edibleperspective.com

// more Blue Ridge Parkway views

vacation scenes Asheville, NC | edibleperspective.com

// lunch at Rosetta’s Kitchen in Asheville

vacation scenes Asheville, NC | edibleperspective.com

// hiking + swimming in icy cold water

vacation scenes Asheville, NC | edibleperspective.com

// cabin view near Asheville

vacation scenes Asheville, NC | edibleperspective.com

// downtown Knoxville

vacation scenes Knoxville, TN | edibleperspective.com

// loved the historic charm in downtown Knox

vacation scenes Knoxville, TN | edibleperspective.com

// heading to dinner by boat on the TN river

vacation scenes Knoxville, TN | edibleperspective.com

// sunrise paddle boarding before heading to the airport in Knoxville

vacation scenes Knoxville, TN | edibleperspective.com

Even though we jumped around a lot the trip felt very relaxing. It was the most unplugged I’ve been in years and it was so needed. I got as much work done before the trip as possible and then just tried to clear it from my mind. I checked email once in awhile but wasn’t responding, and I also deleted the Facebook app from my phone which 85% of the time I find myself clicking without even realizing what I’m doing. Definitely didn’t miss it at all! I also keep my “alerts” turned off for all apps and email, so there is no constant dinging to distract me [even day to day...not just on vacation]. I also highly recommend coming back from vacation on a Saturday so you have a full day to recoup, do laundry, etc. before having to get back to work.

Looking forward to enjoying the end of summer in Colorado!

Recipes coming soon!

Ashley