You have three options to deal with your background on your Low Poly Portrait....Scroll through this post to see what some of your options are. If you have a different idea please let me know. Please note....keeping it the same is not an option in most cases (there may be some exceptions).
Prepping your final portrait
no matter what option you go with you will want to prep your portrait. Some of you may have gaps in your poly layer so if we completely remove your background those gaps will be very obvious.
1.) Duplicate your background layer (your original photo). Name that layer Original Middle. It should be your second layer in your layers window between your Low Poly Layer and your Background.
2.) Using your Lasso Tool Select around your entire portrait image.
3.) After you have completely selected your subject, go to SELECTION->INVERT. This will invert your selection so that only the background is selected.
4.) Next, go to EDIT-->CUT to delete your background. Your layers window should look like this.
5.) go to Select-->None to deselect everything
You will leave the "Middle Original" Layer as is (this will help to fill in any gaps in your low poly layer). Now you are ready for your different background options.
Option 1: Blur the Background
For those of you looking for a very subtle change, blurring your background might be the best option. To do this you need to be selected on your background layer and go to Filters-->Blur (note that there are a lot of different "blur" types so play around until you find what works best for you. Remember...if you do something you don't like, just go to Edit-->Undo (COMMAND/CONTROL-->Z).
I Chose to do the Gaussian Blur
You could also see what this looks like with a desaturated image (either fully black and white, or muted)--to see what this looks like go to Colors-->Hue and Saturation.
Option 2: Making the Background 1 Solid Color
A lot of these Low Poly Portraits look really great with a solid color background. This really allows your portrait to stand out. To do this, you will need to create a new layer above your Original Background Photo. Keep the Background Fill Color as Transparency.
Go to your foreground and select the color you would like for your fill. Using the paint bucket tool. Fill your new layer with the color you selected.
It might also be nice to play around with a gradient
**in this example I changed the original background photo to black and white (Color-->ue and Saturation). Next I applied a Gradient in my new layer with my gradient tool set at Foreground to Transparent and Radial.
Option 3: Manipulate the Original Photo (color or filter)
1.) while selected on your background layer, play around with color and/or filters.
Here are some examples....
Last but not least it is always important to Crop your final image so that it is the size and shape you would like it to be.
Tools-->Transform Tools-->Crop....Make the selection you want and hit your enter key.
Now you are ready to save your project as a JPEG or PNG (this will make it easier to share and print)
***DO NOT print today! we are waiting for New Toner.
File-->Export As.....be sure to give your file a name and save it to a location you will remember (you will have to email this image to me).
Double check to make sure that the file format/extension is set at (.png)
Click Export and Export again
Email your .png image to me as an attachment for submission.