Change background color to pure white to a flatware

Community Beginner ,
May 03, 2022 May 03, 2022

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Hello,

I'm not a lightroom expert. But, I recently did a photoshoot for some flatware with a pure white background. So, when I was editing in lightroom, the background is darker or greyish. I think it probably is underexposed, and I would like to change it using lightroom.

 

I know there is a tool, but all the videos I find are old, and they don't have the recent version of lightroom.

I would love someone to help me with the answer or if someone can help.

 

Please feel free to ask any questions or give any feedback. Thank you!

 

Link: https://adobe.ly/3vYqW8h

Carlos

 

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Changing the background color is easy, the challenge is to create a clean mask for it. This is a difficult problem, because there are so many tones in common between the subject and the background. The current version of Lightroom Classic has good automatic masking tools, but the problems with these images prevent the tools from working well, and you can’t refine the selections easily. The automatic Select Subject mask and Luminance Mask both fail to isolate the subject well. They provide good starting points, but still require a lot of manual touch-up. Maybe OK if you only have to edit a few, but not good if you have many.

 

Lightroom-Classic-mask-flatware.jpg

 

Photoshop has a good Object Selection tool that seems to work a little better. Unlike Lightroom Classic, it’s possible (but not always quick and easy) to add missing parts and subtract unwanted parts using that tool’s intelligence, although it still takes extra time. And you’d have to open every image in Photoshop.

 

Photoshop Object Selection tool flatware.gif

 

There is no easy option here. In both applications, the automatic selection tools tend to miss the space between the fork tines, the selection edges are imperfect, and the flatware highlights are so similar to the background that it confuses the tools in both applications. It might take less time to reshoot them properly, if that is possible.

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