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Why do I replace backgrounds in my photos

Do you wonder why I replace backgrounds in some of my pictures? Yes. Keep reading to know why I like to swap backdrops in my images.


Background swapping isn't the golden bullet to make any alright picture great. Please take in location and content when swapping out a drab scenery.

Why do I use background swaps?

In a nutshell, I use background swaps to set a tone or to add focus to the subject. When I'm in a bustling environment of people, or the location looks drab and is distracting from the car, I composite a landscape to give the picture the wow factor.

Whether I'm choosing rainy sunset picture to make the overcast image appear breathtaking, or Christmas Lights to set a vibrant and welcoming environment

How do I replace my backgrounds?

I used to use the curvature pen tool to replace my background. The big issue was the vehicle's curves would appear jagged: Until my tutor encouraged me to use the pen tool.

Learning to master the pen tool is an arduous journey. However, the reward is a crisp and smile-worthy composite.

Another alternative to background swap is to use the mask tool and paint the parts I want to cover/uncover. It takes 15-60 mins to find the mask the picture.

I also recommend experimenting with a variety of blend modes to find a blend that adds to the photo without being obnoxious. E.g. Making the ground reflect a sunset in my photo of the Porsche 911 R.


I use background swaps to set a tone to the composite or select focus on a subject. It's essential to know if the background swap will add to picture without being jarring.

Finally, to make the selection more accurate, I use pen tool so I can use minimal points. Thus, the curves look crisper.

Comment down if you like/dislike background replacements. If you've found my article useful, please my article on your social media pages. Goodbye.


I've added new pictures to my store page from my Vauxhall Corsa VXR Crewe Hall photoshoot.

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