You’ve been there before. You batch a bunch of awesome shots for your blog and Instagram, when all of a sudden they feel so dull, and lacking the crisp, white backgrounds. Ever wish you could get those white backgrounds? I’m going to show you just how to get whiter backgrounds with Lightroom, and my editing trick that saves you time and gets it right!

Learn how easy it is to get brighter, whiter backgrounds on your blog and Instagram photos using Photoshop OR Lightroom. Video tutorial by Holly McCaig.

Even the best photographers can work their magic but need to do a little post editing to get those clean, white backgrounds. I used to do this process in Photoshop, and it would take me much longer to complete. When I figured out how much quicker this was in Abobe Lightroom, then I knew there was no better way!

Go From Dull Photos to Whiter Backgrounds

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Sometimes, you don’t really know how bad your photos look until you compare the final edits side-by-side. I shot these images recently for my Instagram account on a bright white table next to my bedroom window where the light was amazing! I thought it looked pretty decent until I did this little trick to get a whiter background with Lightroom. It’s kinda crazy how different they look, right?

Watch this quick video on how easy is is to get whiter/brighter photos with Adobe Lightroom.Click To Tweet
The amount of brightness you give to your white background is in your control too!

Watch the video below to see how to do this easy task!

How to Get Whiter Backgrounds with Lightroom

Step By Step How to Get Whiter Backgrounds with Lightroom

Here are the text steps to help you get whiter backgrounds with Lightroom. I’m using Adobe Lightroom CC to do this.

  1. Start with your image in Develop.
  2. Do all of your regular editing first.
  3. Hit the shortcut “Letter K” to open up the Adjustment Brushes.
  4. Choose “Exposure” from the Effect Drop Down in this panel.
  5. At the bottom of the panel, make sure Auto Mask is checked.
  6. Adjust your brush feather to about a 70. The idea is to not have a harsh edge.
  7. Adjust your brush size up and down using your bracket keys.
  8. Increase the Exposure level all the way to the highest setting of 4.00.
  9. Now start brushing over the white backgrounds. Just remember to adjust your brush size to get into small areas and avoid painting of your subject.
  10. You can now adjust the exposure level down if needed, just clean up any areas it may look like you missed when you do this.

Want more Photography Editing tips? Check out this post on how I create my own Photo mockups using Photoshop.

Holly McCaig

About Holly McCaig

Hey you! I'm Holly McCaig and I'm super excited to help you love and ROCK your Etsy shop. I will help you have an amazing online presence so you can build a strong business and attract more customers to your shop. Let's do this together! Let's connect on Pinterest or Instagram, k?

About Holly McCaig

Hey you! I'm Holly McCaig and I'm super excited to help you love and ROCK your Etsy shop. I will help you have an amazing online presence so you can build a strong business and attract more customers to your shop. Let's do this together! Let's connect on Pinterest or Instagram, k?

2 Comments

  1. Yvette Michelle Farrell on May 19, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Thanjs!

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