How To Remove a GREEN SCREEN in Photoshop!

In this easy-to-follow tutorial, you’ll learn how to remove a green screen in Photoshop in just a few steps!

Color Range To Select The Green Screen

With a Green Screen background, an older tool works better for this scenario than using the new A.I. enabled Remove Background button. 

Choose Select > Color Range and use the Eyedropper Tool to target the green background and select it. Hold the Shift key as you click-and-drag over the areas to add more color pixels into the selection.

Then, check the Invert box to apply the selection to your subject and not on the background.

For a quick preview of the selection, toggle the Image option, and from Selection Preview, choose None.

Create a Mask Based on The Selection

Click on the New Layer Mask icon to create a Layer Mask from the selection.

Before you fine-tune the Mask, consider creating a Solid Color Fill Layer to better see the adjustments you apply.

Adjust the Mask Edges with Select and Mask

Select the Layer Mask thumbnail and on the Properties panel, click on the Select and Mask button to access its workspace.

Use the Global Refinements sliders to fine-tune the edge and eliminate the fringing (green edges).

  • Smooth reduces jagged edges.
  • Feather blurs edges.
  • Contrast sharpens the edges. 
  • Shift Edge contracts or expands edges.

In most cases, you will need to smooth, sharpen, and contract the mask edge.

Press OK to apply the changes to your Layer Mask.

Paint on the Mask to Hide Imperfections

With the Brush Tool, you can adjust your Layer Mask by painting with white (#ffffff) to reveal or black (#000000) to hide. Different shades of gray will give you varying levels of opacity.

Use The Minimum Filter to Remove Edge Halos 

Choose Filter > Other > Minimum to contract the mask. This will help you remove edge halos/fringing. The larger the radius, the more you will contract the mask.

Set the Preserve dropdown to Roundness for organic or human subjects. You can use the Squareness for man-made objects such as buildings or cars.

Use The Select and Mask Workspace to Refine the Hair

Return to the Select and Mask workspace and access the Refine Edge Tool from the Toolbar.

Paint over the hair to refine the hair’s edges and further remove the green screen’s remnants between the hair strands.

If you have Photoshop 2021 or newer, you can click on the Refine Hair button on the Options bar, which is an automatic way of doing this process. Adobe Sensei, the A.I. inside Photoshop, will find the hair and automatically paint it.

Then, press OK to save the changes and exit the workspace.

Use The Hue/Sat Adjustment to Remove the Green Glow

Create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer to change the remaining green pixels’ hue into something less noticeable. 

Press Ctrl Alt G (Windows) or Command Option G (macOS) to clip the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to the Model layer to not affect the other layers.

From the Master drop-down, select Greens.

Use the Saturation slider to desaturate the greens or expand the color slider’s coverage of the selected color.

Bring back the Saturation to 0 and adjust the Hue slider to change the green hue into a color that matches the hair.

You may disable the Color fill layer to focus on repainting the flyaway hair strands.

Select the Layer Mask and use the Brush tool to paint with white to reveal areas that Photoshop washed out with white.

Paint In The Flyaway Hair

Create a New Layer and rename it to “Hair.”

Then, press Ctrl Alt G (Windows) or Command Option G (macOS) to clip it to the layer below. 

With the Brush tool selected, hold Alt (Windows) or Option (macOS) to temporarily enable the Eyedropper tool and sample the subject’s hair color.

Start painting over the masked edge to paint back the flyaway hairs.

Final Image

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Carol J. Dunlop

By far, THE BEST tutorial on managing green screen photos, I’ve ever read. I was going to purchase this package of green screen extraction extensions. Now I don’t have to because you showed me how to do it myself. Getting out all that green spillage has been one of the things I’ve needed to conquer for a loooong time! Thank you.