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Lightroom Quick Tip: Changing Your Background Color

Hi gang, and happy Friday! 🙂

I know we’ve shared this one here before, but not everybody stops by every day (which is a darn shame I might add), but I saw that my in-house book editor Kim Doty shared this tip from the “Killer Tips” section of my Lightroom book on her Facebook page (by the way you should totally follow Kim on Facebook – she’s always doing cool giveaways and sharing tips and images and stuff – here’ the link to her page).

Anyway, this tip Kim shared was a shortcut for changing the background color of the area surrounding your images in Lightroom. Just right-click anywhere in the area surrounding your image and a pop-up menu appears (as seen below), and you can choose your new background color and/or add a pinstripe texture. Short, sweet, and to the point!


Since we’re so blatantly talking about our books, what the heck, let’s share Peter’s trailer for the book (below), so you hear it from him himself (like that “him himself” part? I hope Kim doesn’t see this, because as an Editor she would shoot me).

OK gang, I’m off to London!
I’m teaching my photography seminar there on Tuesday, and if you’re in the UK and you’re not one of the 300 or so photographers coming out to spend the day with me (and Brad), why the heck not? Come on out – you’ll learn a lot. I hope to see you there on Tuesday!





  1. Ken Niles 20 November, 2016 at 20:30 Reply

    Hello, Is there a way of making lightroom fonts (editing, etc.) more visible? Even on a 30″ monitor they are difficult to read. Thanks! Ken Niles

  2. Larry 16 July, 2015 at 16:03 Reply

    Scott’s tip was posted 7/15; I upgraded LRCC around June 16 and pinstripe was already removed then. Early adopters lose?

    Roy, the link you posted — http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/2012/03/russell-browns-texture-panel.html — is Russell Brown’s *cool and free* Photoshop photo overlay textures, not replacement background colors for LRCC’s Develop module.

    https://creative.adobe.com/addons/search?pp=PSLR&q=/ contains 122 add-ins for LR; only 22 are “texture” and none are pinstripe.
    Well, if removing background colors speeds LR, I’ll live with its absence.

  3. Rob 13 July, 2015 at 14:47 Reply

    The pinstripe feature was removed in the new Lightroom CC and LR6 versions. It supposedly slowed down the performance of LR.

  4. Ashley Scott 10 July, 2015 at 13:17 Reply

    Looking forward to meeting you and Brad (the beard) Moore on Tuesday. As I missed your birthday grid show, the least I can do is buy you some cake 😀

  5. Fred 10 July, 2015 at 08:54 Reply

    I tried the tip of changing the background color but in Lightroom CC there is no “none” nor “pinstripe” option. Looking at the screen above it looks like Lightroom 5 or 6. Did I miss something?

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