Using a perfect background for your car photos can change the look and feel of the image entirely. Not only that, it can change the impact on the viewers and customers that you want to target.
If you also agree with that, you should now know how to create a car background in photoshop. Why photoshop? Because it is the best professional image editing software that you can use.
In this article, I will talk about how you can use some great backgrounds for your car photos using photoshop.
Car Background For Editing
To make great vehicle photos, you need not only a good-looking vehicle but also an excellent matching background with it. So to get started, we need to select the backgrounds first. It is normal not to have a perfect background while doing the photoshoot.
Cars are large, and getting the perfect desired background is sometimes challenging. One solution that most experts use and also a reliable way is finding a different background. After that, use Adobe Photoshop to add the car into that background.
Pro Tips: Try to find a background with a large frame and a simple yet elegant feel. If you choose a background with roads, ensure the leveling is set correctly while adding the vehicle.
You are ready to do the editing in Photoshop as soon as you get the background image. In photoshop, insert the backdrop image you want to use on your vehicle photo. Inserting the image in photoshop is easy.
You can drag and drop the image directly into the artboard. Or you can go to the top Menu bar and click on the File option to insert your image.
Car Image Composition In Photoshop
To blend the background you are using with your car photo, and you must look after the image composition. The images won’t fit without proper composition and will look like some awkward piece.
You will notice the difference whenever you clip out the car and place it on a different backdrop. There can be light balancing problems, color contrast, High dynamic range issues, and many more.
In photoshop, car image composition is an easy task if you know what a good composition image is. Also, it would help if you looked out for the reflection issue as cars are glossy luxury product that reflects lights a lot.
You can edit each and every composition issue of both the images using the automotive image retouching process in adobe photoshop. But the first thing you should do is to determine in which area the editing is needed and how much.
Use the hue and saturation settings in photoshop to fix the composition of the images. It helps a lot to balance the colors of the picture. I would suggest one thing I do to make my editing simple: place the car in the background first and then work on the compositions.
You can use the pen tool in photoshop and cut out the car from the original image and then place it in the background. Cutting out a product using the pen tool is the only professional solution that will give you an accurate result.
There are several options to do this process, but most are automatic selection using the machine language and AI that comes with the software. They are also great, but with the pen tool, you have all the manual control, which is the correct approach that you should go for.
Inside Car Background
This is a unique way of showing the car photo that we rarely see photographers or auto dealers do nowadays. The main reason behind this is that it is more challenging to shoot from the inside than outside a car.
And not only that, in such frames, you need to keep a perfect balance between lights and colors. The car’s interior is always tremendous and elegant looking. Companies give their best in the business finish into the interior of their vehicles, and if you are a clever marketer, you would want to showcase it to your customers.
Make An Car Object Angle In Photoshop
To place a car into another background from its original using photoshop is a task of a clean hand. I am mentioning the term “clean hand” because while editing car photos, not only fixing the composition but also ensuring you are getting the correct angle is essential.
Sometimes you find a perfect background for your car image that you want to use, but unfortunately, both the photos might have problems with the angle. In Photoshop, a tool can help you fix the angle of your image if needed.
You might have heard about the “Perspective Warp tool” in photoshop, or if you didn’t, it means you don’t have the latest version of photoshop. Using the wrap tool, you can get all the perspectives of your product and fix the angle.
How can you use it? Well, first, create a duplicate layer of the original one. You can do it using the photoshop keyboard shortcut (Ctrl/Cmd+J). After that, convert it to a bright object. To do that right, click on the layer you have created and from the option list, select “Convert to Smart Object.”
Without converting it to a smart object, we won’t be able to use the perspective wrap tool on it in a non-destructive way. Nondesctructiveness helps us go back and edit the settings whenever we want. So now go to the Edit menu from the top bar and choose Perspective Wrap to enable the tool.
After that, click on the area you want to use the tool, and you will see grid lines around it. If you don’t see the option on the menu bar, you are probably not using the latest version of the software.
When you see the grid lines, you can now make car object angle in any way you like within photoshop.
Cutting Out The Car
It is a step that should be in the first couple of ones, but I am placing it in the last because it is not so tough to do. Though I have mentioned it in the earlier segment here, I will talk in detail about it.
As we are using different images for the product and its background, we need to cut out the car from the original image and place it on the backdrop we want to use. Cutting out the vehicle in photoshop has several ways that you can use. Photoshop offers many automatic background removal tool that eases the process.
But I suggest you use the most professional one which gives the best accurate result. Photoshop pen is the ultimate tool to select any object in the photo and cut it out from the scene.
You must create paths around the edges of the object you want to select and then cut it out. If you have a clean hand and experience in the clipping path technique, you will get the best result that any other tool can’t provide.
If I have to summarize how to create a car background in photoshop for you guys, then I will go like this:
Step 1: Select a perfect background image that you want to use in your car photos. Then insert it in photoshop.
Step 2: Cut the vehicle from the original image and remove its background using the pen tool in photoshop.
Step 3: Place the transparent background photo of the car on the backdrop you choose in the first step.
Step 4: Fix the composition issue from both images so they can blend in.
And that’s it, and you are done. Save your image when you are satisfied with your editing. It is up to your creativity and knowledge to pick the background that suits the model of your car. If you pick that right, you will have the most beautiful car background image, and your viewers will also love it.