Welcome to this tutorial on how to edit a photo background in Adobe Lightroom. Whether you’re a beginner or an intermediate user, this guide will help you understand the process and enhance your photo editing skills. Let’s dive in!

Step 1: Import Your Photo

First things first, you need to import the photo you want to edit into Lightroom. Here’s how:

  • Open Adobe Lightroom.
  • Click on ‘File’ in the menu bar.
  • Choose ‘Import Photos and Video’.
  • Select the photo you want to edit and click ‘Import’.

Step 2: Select the Background

Now that your photo is imported, the next step is to select the background. You can do this using the ‘Adjustment Brush’ tool.

  • Select the ‘Develop’ module.
  • Click on the ‘Adjustment Brush’ tool.
  • Paint over the background to select it.

Step 3: Edit the Background

With the background selected, you can now start editing. You can adjust the exposure, contrast, saturation, and more.

  • Adjust the ‘Exposure’ slider to brighten or darken the background.
  • Use the ‘Contrast’ slider to increase or decrease the difference between the light and dark areas.
  • Slide the ‘Saturation’ bar to intensify or reduce the colors.

Step 4: Deselect and Review

Once you’re happy with your edits, deselect the background and review your work. If you’re not satisfied, you can always go back and make further adjustments.


And that’s it! You’ve successfully edited a photo background in Adobe Lightroom. With practice, you’ll be able to make more complex edits and create stunning images. Happy editing!

For more detailed information, check out Adobe’s official Lightroom tutorials here.