How The I Change The Background Of My Cake Pictures?

Decorating By paula19 Updated 26 Jun 2009 , 1:54am by paula19

paula19 Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 6:32pm
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I want to give my cake pictures a better presentation, and pretty much I just know how to do the basics: adding text, frame, highlight, etc. But right now I'm doing panda cupcakes and I want to have a baboo forest background. Is there a way to outline the cupcakes and transfer them to a picture of a bamboo forest or something like that? There's such thing right? If there is, how? I want to know how to change the background for other pictures too. TIA icon_smile.gif

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ski Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 6:42pm
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You can google backgrounds, then find a site with what you want. Someyou have to pay for, but once you save them, you can just copy them anduse over andover. ou then just cut and paste to the pic ...your cakepic on top.

rharris524 Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 6:47pm
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I'm not sure if there are easier or free/cheaper ways to do this but I use Photoshop and there is a tool for that.

notjustcake Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 6:48pm
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I talked to a photographer recently he said, you need to take your cake picture with a green screen in the back, then with photoshop you can change the background.

psurrette Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 6:52pm
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send me your picture I an do it for you

paula19 Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 6:52pm
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I think I know what you mean, ski. I had done that. I googled and found the background I want, and I know how to put my picture on top, but the thing is, I want to outline just the panda cupcakes and move them to the bamboo forest background to make it look like the panda cupcakes are in the forest, you know? I don't want my kitchen table to show in the forest, only the cupcakes detective.gif

paula19 Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 7:01pm
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icon_biggrin.gif thanks for the offer psurrette. it's really nice of you, but I would like to try it myself. I want to learn how to do it so that whenever I want to change other pics I know how to do it. I wouldn't want to have to keep asking other people to do it for me, you know? I appreciate it though icon_biggrin.gif .... So is the only way to do it photoshop? Or is there another way? I don't have photoshop icon_sad.gif

psurrette Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 7:25pm
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I only use photoshop I am sure ther eis soemthing other than it you can do it with/

His_snowflake Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 5:08am
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My son told me there is free photo editing software to download called Gimp. I don't know how to use any photo editing software so I can't tell you how well it works.

Texas_Rose Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 5:12am
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If you take your picture on a solid color background that doesn't appear in your cake, that will make it easier to change your background. You need some kind of photo editing software...photoshop is the gold standard of photo editing programs but I had it before and it was too hard to figure out just for a few cakes icon_biggrin.gif I'm using paint shop pro now, it's much cheaper and a little more user-friendly. It's hard to change the backgrounds on it though without it looking weird.

Amymnn Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 5:15am
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I just bought some silky cheap black fabric at Walmart. I cover a foam board for the background with the black fabric and lay the remainder of the fabric on my table to create an dark background. It made my photos look a lot better and put the focus on the cake. The fabric was only $2 a yard. You could also decorate the area around the cake with rose petals or other decor that matches the cake design. The black fabric will keep the focus on the cake and the motif. icon_smile.gif

paula19 Posted 25 Jun 2009 , 3:59am
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Thanks everyone for your answers :] btw, here's the pic of how the panda cupcakes came out...

G_Cakes Posted 25 Jun 2009 , 4:07am
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I use fotoflexer it's an online tool and free

varika Posted 25 Jun 2009 , 4:12am
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As His Snowflake said, you can use Gimp. (www. gi mp. org without spaces) It's free. It's going to be a lot of work, though, because you will have to manually trace around each cupcake. If I were doing it--and I have a degree in this stuff--it would probably take me around 4-5 hours. It will probably take you a bit longer.

Next time, set them on a piece of bright, really saturated-green posterboard. The neon green works great. It makes it easier to use your "select color" tool, and makes it go much, much faster.

You can use this for other cakes, as well. It's not strictly speaking NECESSARY, but it makes it incredibly less of a headache.

projectqueen Posted 25 Jun 2009 , 5:20am
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These are all great ideas!

kimkait Posted 25 Jun 2009 , 1:35pm
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I really like Corel Paint shop Prox2. It has an airbrush tool you can airbrush a new background in in about 15 minutes. It has a 30 day free trial.

paula19 Posted 25 Jun 2009 , 11:35pm
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Thank you so much kimkait! That is sooo cool! I saved the picture in my computer icon_biggrin.gif I think I'll upload it here in my photos too! You got me all happy when I saw the picture icon_biggrin.gif I already uploaded gimp yesterday though. But I still need to get the hang of it. Again, thank you kimkait icon_biggrin.gif

jimandmollie Posted 25 Jun 2009 , 11:54pm
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Check out the tutorials page on Gimp. I use it all the time. It does get easier as you figure it out. I could have done that with your pic in about 20 minutes. I HIGHLY recommend Gimp. You can also make animations with it once you start figuring it out better. Good luck!

paula19 Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 1:54am
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Again, thanks, all of you. These are all great ideas icon_biggrin.gif

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