How to White-Out a Photo

by Heather LaurentUpdated September 22, 2017
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Items you will need

  • Image file

  • Computer

  • Photo editing software

Perhaps you would like to isolate a particular object from a photo and portray it over a white background for an advertisement. Or, perhaps you are creating a party invitation and need to white out an area to add the information. With photo editing software such as Photoshop CS3, selecting parts of your image and filling them with a solid, opaque color requires only a few simple steps.

Open your photo in Photoshop CS3. Select "Open" from the File menu and choose the file that you would like to edit.

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select the area you would like to fill with white color. If the area is a nonrectangular shape, use the Lasso Tool found in the tool panel on the left side of the window.

Choose "Edit > Fill." When prompted to specify the fill color, select “White” under “Use” from the drop-down menu. Select “OK.”

Alternatively, use the Eraser Tool in the tool panel to whiten specific areas of your photo. Modify the brush size and opacity to suit your preferences.

Use the Dodge Tool in the tool panel, if you would simply like to lighten areas of your image rather than whitening them entirely, to lighten highlights, midtones or shadows of a particular area.


Photo Credits

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About the Author

Heather Laurent is a nomadic writer and photographer who has worked and/or studied in over 10 different countries on five continents. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Denver in 2007 with a B.A. in languages and international studies. Laurent's work has appeared in the reports and official websites of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Zambia's refugee camps.

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