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Old 09-04-2016, 09:48 PM
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Help with background color!

hello! I need help to choose background color, please.

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Old 09-05-2016, 10:53 AM
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Re: Help with background color!

A complementary or near-complementary hue will enable a strong contrast.

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Old 09-17-2016, 02:48 PM
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Re: Help with background color!

Personally, I think the background you already have is perfect! Complementary background colors often appear too "contrived", for my taste. What you have appears very tasteful, to me.

Your present background contributes just enough "warmth" to achieve the
"complementary color" effect against those green apples, without being garish.
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Old 09-17-2016, 03:24 PM
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Re: Help with background color!

It will be interesting to see what you've chosen.... here's a sampler with some background shifts under a mask in Photoshop. Upper left is your original post. Note, my mask missed the little bit of background just below the cinnamon stick, so that's there for comparison. My colour shifts are oriented approximately in even increments around a perceptual hue circle, with the saturation kept low to balance the vibrancy of the apples. I know my favourite

Hope this proves interesting, cheers!

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Old 09-18-2016, 04:18 PM
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Re: Help with background color!

I think a lightened cerulean blue would look amazing - it would brighten up the entire piece.

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Re: Help with background color!

we often talk about similar or complementary color or gray for a background there was a background
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Re: Help with background color!

we often talk about similar or complementary or neutral color for a background .. you did a pinkish gray it goes very well with the green apple nice work!
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Re: Help with background color!

virgil carter its what I thought, thanks.
WFMartin thanks, I appreciate your opinion!
KolinskyRed wow, thanks, it helps a lot! how you did it in photoshop?
jacgouveia thanks!
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KolinskyRed wow, thanks, it helps a lot! how you did it in photoshop?

Hi Skitalez: Here's how I played with the background in photoshop. First, in general, I made a selection of the background. In the presence of this active selection, I chose an Adjustment Layer, in this case, "Color Balance". When an Adjustment Layer is added on top of an image layer, a mask is automatically attached to the Adjusment Layer based on the current active selection. What is selected is white, and will be changed. What is not selected is black and won't be changed.... so, moving the sliders in Color Balance only affects the area that is white (the selection).

Here's some graphics to illustrate the process sin Photoshop I've just described.




The dotted lines shown below is the selected area (painting's background):



Next, I selected an adjustment layer from the list:



Note in the screen capture below how there is a black and white mask beside the Color Balance Adjustment Layer. Any adjustments made with the sliders in Color Balance only affects the white area:




Have fun in Photoshop playing with your designs! Cheers!

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Re: Help with background color!

Thanks for that photoshop tutorial! So useful.
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Re: Help with background color!

I am not sure you can paint a picture like this, painting the background last. So I would leave it like it is.
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Re: Help with background color!

agreeing with leaving the background as it is - and the background is best painted at the same time as the subject so that it belongs and often is also reflected in the subject, creating a link

Doing the background afterwards can cause a cut and pasted look
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Re: Help with background color!

I would have made the back wall color different from the floor color, but with that being said these apples are beautifully rendered and the cinnamon stick works nicely.
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Re: Help with background color!

You may have already chosen a background color or to leave as it is. But I agree with Jacquie that the Cerulean looks terrific.
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Re: Help with background color!

Its easy to be an artist and talk in colors, composition and complementaries. But being an old fuddy duddy I would ask “..what about it is visually stimulating to the viewer?...”. I personally love your concept because of its powerful simplicity. I believe I can see your vision of “...a cold crisp apple...”.

The only area I am having a wee problem with is depth through tone. When I squint at you apples I have a tough time seeing the “planes”. The plane apples are sitting on and standing away from could have more medium tones...
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