Bold Cinematic Backgrounds for Headshots


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Category: Digital Background Collections
Tags: cinematic, digital background, headshots, photoshop

Cinematic Style Headshot Backgrounds

The bold & dramatic cinematic style digital backgrounds set contains a collection of 120 digital images sized at 6000 x 4800 pixels with a resolution of 300 DPI for you to use in your personal or commercial projects. This background set contains ORIGINAL digital images created by Alana Lee Photography and contains a variety of images with a shallow depth of field, photographed at standing height in a variety of locations including carnivals, music halls, entertainment venues, retail businesses, indoor and outdoor, daytime, night, and city/urban centers. Digital backgrounds are a great way for photographers and digital artists to add interest to their images, and this background set is perfect for headshot photographers who want to provide a cinematic look to their clients without having to shoot on location. By having a library of cinematic style digital backgrounds you don’t need to worry about the weather, time of day, scouting locations, obtaining permits…just photograph your client in-studio and add any digital background effect you like during the editing process. Increase your sales by offering your clients multiple backgrounds looks from just one headshot image.


120 bold and dramatic cinematic digital backgrounds for headshot photographers

Use these digital backgrounds as layered files and choose different blending modes (I usually use overlay, soft light, normal, or multiply depending on the individual image and effect I wish to achieve) in your Photoshop or other editing software to add interest to your images. The final look will vary, depending on the colors of the background image you are using and the layer blending mode chosen. You can also use layer masks when adding textures, convert the textures to black and white or alternative colors, or use them at 100% opacity as backgrounds for unlimited creative possibilities. You can also adjust your color tone and contrast in either your digital background or subject in order to achieve the most realistic results.

Cinematic Backgrounds: Before and After

The power of digital backgrounds is truly amazing. Below you can see multiple looks created by applying cinematic digital backgrounds over a base image.

before and after images showing how to use digital backgrounds for cinematic headshots



Learn more about how I use textures and overlays using Photoshop in my blog post “Add Interest to Photos Using Textures” or watch the short video below for a quick demonstration of how to use a digital background with a cinematic headshot.

Commercial use (for example by photographers to use for creating images for clients, their portfolio, marketing, or entering into photography competitions that allow digital stock) DOES NOT require the purchase of any additional licensing, however, this is NOT A MERCHANT RESOURCE (You cannot create tangible printed products or digital backgrounds, overlays, templates, regular printed backgrounds, inserts, cut-outs, pngs, transparent objects in any part or whole to sell or give away). Once you have completed your purchase you will receive a unique and personalized link to download your purchase included with your purchase receipt. Please be on your computer when you click your download link and your .zip file will begin to download immediately. Digital downloads are non-transferable and non-refundable. You will be able to download your purchase up to a maximum of two times and you may not share or distribute your downloads to any other person. It is your responsibility to back up your download should you require it in the future. You may NOT claim my files as your own, resell, repackage, gift, share or distribute them in any way or form such as stock photography or sharing with other photographers. Any violation or unapproved distribution of these files will be tracked and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Limited refunds will be made within 14 days of purchase as outlined in our terms & conditions and refund policies. By purchasing this product you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. Should you have any questions about your download please contact Alana Lee Photography.

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