How do I make the background of a picture black?

There’s a tool here called BlackStain, created by my good buddy Mike Bauersfeld, that can take pictures, and give you a black background with nothing attached. It’s not as easy as it looks.

Basically, you need to make your picture black, then put some light on your hand to try it. You’re hoping your picture will be dark enough that you don’t get the black shadow.

The black stain, then, is like a black marker.

How about this for an easy solution?

To start, you’ll want to go to my site and click on “Photo-Lume Tools” on the top left.

Then you’ll want to select the color you want to use, hit “Next”, then choose “Stained with Stain” from the color dropdown.

You’ll see all of the effects that can come from mixing different color types. You should also pick the “Paint” button to place a stain on top of your black picture.

As soon as you paint it, you’ll see that the picture is now a brilliant color!

There are several effects you can choose from:

Reduced Transparency

Dark Transparency

Light Transparency

Color Change

If you select “Light Transparency”, the picture will show the most important part of your black pictures. In other words, your background.

What does “reduced transparency” mean? It means you didn’t paint on the whole picture yet, but only the parts that have been changed. With no shadows, the edges would be totally white.

You have to be careful how much you paint! You don’t want to get any part of your picture that isn’t totally black, so just do it a little bit at a time and be careful that you are not overdoing it! It’s very easy to go overboard, but it’s very important.

Another great tool on “Photo-Lumethe Tools” is “Color Change”, which has many different ways to use colors and get different effects.

Let’s go over some of the different ways colors can be changed:


You can either paint in black, then paint on a gradient, or pick colors that are all the same color. When using gradients, you can use any of these three colors:






What do these color combinations have in