Wrinkles away: how to easily smooth a background in Photoshop

How to remove background wrinkles in Photoshop
Before and after removing wrinkles from a background using Photoshop (Image credit: Hannah Rooke)

Unless you have a pop-up backdrop, you would almost certainly have battled to keep your background looking smooth and wrinkle-free. It doesn't matter whether you're shooting with paper background rolls or colored fabric, wrinkles are almost impossible to remove entirely – but luckily there is a way you can smooth a background in Photoshop.

I don't want to think how many hours I've spent steaming, ironing or unrolling new sections of backdrop, only for them to crease again straight away. Unless you use one of the best collapsible backdrops for photography, which are naturally taught, you are bound to get the odd wrinkle. But rather than stress about it on the day and let it detract from the shoot, there is a simple and effective way you can remove unwanted wrinkles in post-production.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.