Improve your portraits with this easy and effective foreground lighting effect. In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to dim the background to add focus to the subject. This effect may sound simple, but it does an exceptional job fixing portraits with busy backgrounds.
Foreground Lighting Photoshop Tutorial
Step 1: Open a portrait photoFirst, open an image of a portrait with a busy background that you would like to apply this effect to. This effect will make the background darker to add focus to the subject.
Step 2: Add an adjustment layerNow we’ll need to add an adjustment layer that will make the image darker. In the Layers palette, click on the New Adjustment Layer button.
If you picked the Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer, simply reduce the brightness and increase the contrast. As you adjust the settings, focus on the background instead of the subject because this effect will only be used to darken the background.
If you picked the Levels adjustment layer instead of the Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer, start by moving the middle input slider towards the right. You may play around with the other input sliders and adjust the output levels to get the effect that you like. Remember to focus on the background instead of the foreground because this layer will only be used to darken the background.