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Background Flexibility

Early in my photographic journey, I framed an image with three different mattes—gray, black, and white—and the results were shocking. Two of the matte tones made the image look drab, while the other option made the image look amazing. The lesson learned is that the tone surrounding an image has the potential to make a profound impact on how the image is experienced. Because of this fact, the Loupe View mode (D) now provides the ability to change the background behind the image. Here’s how:

  1. While in the Loupe View mode, Control-click (PC: right-click) on the background and choose Background Options from the list.
  2. Select a Background Color of White, Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray, or Black. You can also select a Background Texture of None or Pinstripes (see Figure 2).
  3. Be sure to try different options, as the best results will depend upon the image.
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