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How to Add Green Screen Effects In Phhotoshop

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Feb 27, 22, updated Jul 12, 24

Removing green screen backgrounds and replacing them with stunning videos is a common practice in video and movie making. The same process is applicable to still photos as well. You can take a photo with a green screen background and replace the screen with any photo as per your preference and requirement. You will need a high-quality photo editor to add green screen effects to your photo. There is no better photo editor in the world than Adobe Photoshop.

First, you have to opt for remove green screen Photoshop and then add anything you want in place of the green screen. The difference between Chroma key Photoshop and any other photo editor is that you can pay attention to details and remove the entire green screen halo effect around the main subject or object on the photo. Therefore, there will be no jittery green edges and green patches to disturb the overall photo quality. Here are the steps to use green screen effect in Adobe Photoshop.

1. How To Use Green Screen in Photoshop?

There are various ways available to remove greenscreen Photoshop. The beginners prefer using the Magic Wand tool but there will always be green patches around the main object on the photo. These green patches will get highlighted when you insert any image in the background. Therefore, we are using the best method to Chroma key Photoshop and that is through Color Range option. Here are the detailed steps to use color keying in Photoshop to use green screen effect.

Step 1: Launch Adobe Photoshop and open your photo with green screen background.

Step 2: Go to Select menu and click on Color Range.

click on color range

Step 3: Pick the Eyedropper tool. Hold Shift key to select the green background. You can also hold Alt key to remove any selection that you might have done by mistake. When you are perfectly ok with the selection of the green screen background, you should click on OK button.

ok button

Step 3: Go to Select menu and click on Inverse. Now, the selection will be on the main subject instead of the background.

click on inverse

Step 4: If you want to see a preview of the selection in your photo, you should select Image radio button and from Selection Preview, select any option other than None.

selection preview

Step 5: Go to Select menu again and click on Refine Edge. Use the sliders to fine-tune the selection so that the selection is smooth on the edges of the main subject of the photo. Once done, click on OK button.

refine edge

Step 6: Go to Select menu and click on Inverse again.

Step 7: Press Delete key to delete the green screen background selection.

Step 8: Open the replacement image which you want to put in the place of the green screen background that you have just deleted.

Step 9: Select the entire replacement image and copy the replacement. Come back to your photo and paste the replacement image. Make sure that the layer of the replacement image must be placed below the layer of your photo.

replacement image

Step 10: You can adjust the size of the images as per your requirement so that everything fits perfectly in the frame. Similarly, you should adjust the color scheme so that the superimposition does not look awkward.

2. Best Way To Add Green Screen Effect To Video

In the previous section, we have stated how to remove the green screen background in any image and replace that with a stunning background photo. In this section, we will state how to add green screen effects in a video. There are many who think that adding green screen effects in a video takes a lot of expertise, but it is not the case.

If you select the suitable video editor, it is a matter of a few steps only. We recommend Wondershare Filmora to add green screen effects to your video where you have shot the scenes with green screen backgrounds. Here are the steps to follow to remove green screen backgrounds and replace with any photo or video as per your preference.

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Step 1: Download and install Wondershare Filmora.  

Step 2: Launch Filmora and go for Create New Project option to get started.

Step 3: Import your video with green screen background and move it to the Timeline.

Step 4: Import the replacement photo or video and put it directly on the Timeline.

On the Timeline, your recorded video should be below the replacement photo or video.


Step 5: Double-click on your video, and you will come across a panel on the upper-left side. From that panel, you have to turn on Chroma Key option. This will enable the green screen effect due to which you will see the replacement photo or video superimposed on your recorded video in the green screen background.

green screen background

Step 6: Finally, adjust the parameters available to fine-tune the overall green screen effect. Lastly, click on Ok button.


If you are looking to add green screen effects to your photo, you can opt for Chroma key Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop is the best photo editor to remove the green screen backgrounds on your photo and replace them with any image you want. Color keying in Photoshop enables you to change any solid color background to anything you want. Similarly, you can use Wondershare Filmora to add green screen effects to your video in simple steps.

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