How to Add Backgrounds to Your Pictures

by Si Kingston

The background creates the entire setting for a photo. A photo of someone smiling while standing in front of the Eiffel Tower creates an entirely different impression than does a photo of someone smiling in front of a dumpster. Backgrounds are not limited to environmental and architectural features --- fun and creative backgrounds such as glitter and stars can be added to an image online. You can add a background manually or use an online source.

Add a background to your image using an online photo storage editor like that provided in Photobucket. To add a background in Photobucket, for example, log in and select the "Edit" above the image. Select "Show more" in the Edit menu. Select the "Decorate" tab and select either "Insert a Face," "Fun Cards," "Borders" or "Poster" to change the background of the photo.

Manually add in a background with an image editing software program. Adobe Photoshop, Mask Pro and GIMP are image editing programs that will allow you to cut away part of the current image and layer in a new background. Changing the background this way will require some skill and practice. To add a background in one of these programs, first open the background, then open the photo. Use the tools to cut away the people or objects in the photo. Go back to the background image and paste the people or objects on an additional layer that sits above the background.

Change the background of your photo using an online photo editor like Pixenate or FotoFlexer. Pixenate will allow you to change the background of a photo with additional graphics like snowflakes or stars. FotoFlexer works very similarly to Photobucket. You can change the background using a template provided.

About the Author

Si Kingston has been an online content contributor since 2004, with work appearing on websites such as MadeMan. She is a professional screenwriter and young-adult novelist and was awarded the Marion-Hood Boesworth Award for Young Fiction in 2008. Kingston holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.