Highlighting Photos — Three Ways

3. Modified-Background Highlights (third of three pages)

After removing the lackluster, painted-countryside background that Da Vinci had created, Warren placed Mona Lisa on a stunning early evening photograph taken by Brian Matiash, which Warren converted to an oil painting, using a variety of Photoshop's editing tools.

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Highlight background portions of your photos  Many times, photos don't emphasize their main feature. Objects, people, colors, and other background elements often distract from or diminish the desired emphasis. To turn obscure photos into great photographs, photo editors first focus attention on the background, modifying it to highlight main features.

With the help of Adobe Photoshop, Warren Camp modifies images in ways limited only by his imagination. With problem-background photos, for example, there are a number of options at hand; backgrounds can be diffused, blurred, colored, darkened, or lightened until the subject stands out, as shown in the following five images that Warren recently edited.

Newly added!  See several examples of Warren's highlighting techniques on his color highlights page and glow highlights page.


Move your cursor on then off each before image below
to see how Warren enhanced the original photos.



Diffused-Background Effect  Move your cursor on then off this image to see how Warren diffused the background to minimize the distracting people on each side of a costumed flutist at Disney's Epcot Theme Park.


Before and after images highlighting a flutist by diffusing the background

Photo credit: Alvin Leong

Blurred-Background Effect  Move your cursor on then off this image to see how blurring only the distracting background draws your eyes directly to a signpost's Scripture reference.


Before and after images highlighting Scripture by blurring the background

Blurred trees and branches behind the sign place the focus on the message.

Darkened-Background Effect  Move your cursor on then off this image to see how darkening intrusive background subjects, along with adding a hint of diffused glow around the mimes, highlights three key individuals.


Before and after images highlighting two mimes by darkening the background

"Me and Mime" by Ruud Albers Photography

Lightened-Background Highlighting  Move your cursor on then off this image to see how a lightened background with a diffused glow and blurring applied behind the young bubble blower makes her and a lone bubble stand out.


Before and after images highlighting a young bubble blower by lightening the background

Photo credit: Julia Davis

Colored-Background Highlighting  Move your cursor on then off this image to see how Warren drew attention to the wedded couple by adding tone and colors to the background and accentuating the silhouette.


Before and after images highlighting a young bubble blower by lightening the background

Photo credit: Sal Cincotta





Color Highlighting  |  Glow Highlighting  |  Background Highlighting


In addition to these three photo highlighting pages,
see the large collection of WCD's unique photo edit pages in the left column.




Don't wait any longer to showcase your photo presentations. Contact Warren Camp Design today, at 209-795-7661, to discuss your upcoming campaign and learn how Warren can utilize his digital artistry skills to enhance and give prominence to your photos.