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sir pannels
05-01-2010, 08:24 PM
Hi there,

Can any one offer me any good advise or tips on how to change the background colour on stock photos that come with a white background?

For example, I wish to purchase this image, but before I do, I want to be sure I can use it .. ...http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/8906947/2/istockphoto_8906947-computer-monitor.jpg

I wish to change the colour of the white background to a light grey... im photoshop I have tried two ways.. removing the white background using the magic wand tool and also just filling the white with another light grey but in both cases the edges of the object in the centre of the image(the monitor) end up jagged and blurred.

Is there some secret to this I'm not aware of?

many thanks

05-01-2010, 08:41 PM
I am not a graphics person but I would gues you need to open three layers in your photo editing software and
1. on the top layer, remove the inset of the screen to replace it with whatever you choose

2. middle layer remove all that is outside the edges of the screen
3. make a new background colour that perhaps fills the entire layer.

This is subject to the use of the image being within the terms and conditions of use and also, to my limited knowledge of graphics.



sir pannels
05-01-2010, 08:46 PM
Hi Bazz,

Thanks for your reply.

On Istock you can purchase a license to alter the photo so thats not a problem.

The three layers you refer to.. The problem with that is that when you buy a photo from istock you don't get a layered file... you just get a flat jpeg... removing the center item (monitor) from a flattened image just leaves me with the same problem .

Any ideas?

many thanks

05-01-2010, 08:54 PM
Yeh, what I emant was perhaps to have three layers made from three of that image. Then on each layer you would remove differnet bits of the image.

I don't know how well it would work but I had hoped it would get you started until someone better came along.


sir pannels
05-01-2010, 09:24 PM
I bazz,

gave it a go but not much luck... found this article though which was spot on :)


code beginner
05-13-2010, 08:55 PM
if all else fails, i found the corel paintshop color replacement feature to work very well.