Backgrounds on Foamcore

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There are many ways to change backgrounds in your images, or add textures in Photoshop. But one of the easiest for small subjects like flowers is to make your own and use in the garden. I use 11×14 foamcore to mount these, one on each side, and then carry into the garden. You can cut your own foamcore or order. Amazon has offerings, here is just one available today for reference: https://www.amazon.com/Pack-11×14-White-Foam-Backings/dp/B0072ZH97S

My favorite backgrounds are mainly in one color family, like greens or yellows or browns.

  1. In Photoshop click on Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur.  You will need to take the slider almost completely to the right to get rid of all detail.
  2. You can adjust levels and color balance or use hue/saturation. If you create a nice mottled look, you can use that repeatedly by coloring it differently.
  3. Print out your image. You want to keep reflections at a minimum so I find matte is the best finish. Lustre sometimes works fine depending on the lighting.
  4. Mount on the foamcore. One piece can have two backgrounds, one on each side as I mentioned.
  5. You can have a plamp hold this in place or often you can hold it yourself if close enough or use a timer on your camera.
  6. Below I have added a third option – select a highly feathered circle on your texture and brighten slightly so an individual flower is really showcased with the effect of a vignette built in!

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Lotus in Lace

Lotus in Lace 5x7

Lotus in Lace Final

Lotus in Lace Final

This is a fun project. I bought some doilies at a craft store for $1.99. They are in the cake decorating area and they come in rectangles or circles.  I took one and mounted it with double stick tape to a black piece of foamcore.  I photographed and then made sure the black-and-white contrast was good for selection.

Background Doily.

Background Doily.

Double click the background layer to make it editable as Layer 0.. select the black with the magic wand and Edit > Cut. This will leave transparent area.  Then I did a Rectangle selection in the center and cut those pixels too.

I opened the Lotus image and dragged it into the lace file. You can then resize with Ctrl/Cmd T if needed. make sure none of the photo shows through the lace.

Lotus in Lace

Screen Capture.

Flattened the image and dragged it into a 5×7 new file.  You can make the background any color you want to show through the lace.  I plan to print this on Red River Paper card stock so used a 7×10 card stock that will be folded. A nice touch to add your photo title and information on the back of the card as shown.