Green Screen – Process, Set-up, Creation, & Required

Vargo Poster



You are to take a photo session of a person wearing a uniform using either the green or blue screens. Below are shoots made with both backdrop fabric material and paper. They both will work but there are some factors you need to understand, please make sure to read the notes below.


Fabric Notes:

  • Green screen fabric is like a large soft blanket, because of this, it’s slippery when placed on the concrete. Be careful.
  • Both fabrics need to be pulled tight and clipped to the backdrop poles.
  • The blue fabric is really long, you may want to wad up the end, just make sure not to trip over it.
  • When shooting the green fabric watch for the edges/sides of the viewfinder when shooting. You’ll see.
  • Above all else make sure the lighting across all of the fabric is consistent.

Click the image below to see the complete shoot using both background color fabrics.

Lightroom (Vargo-002.CR2 and 148 others)

Savage Paper Notes:

  • The green paper is named Tech Green, it is only 87″ wide. This causes issues during editing.
  • The blue paper is named Studio Blue, it is 107″ wide and shouldn’t give you any issues.
  • Lighting for both of these is the same as fabric.
  • Any holes or spots on the paper may cause issues in post (that means editing).



Again, click the image below to see the complete shoot using both background color Savage papers.



So that’s the basics. The individuals uniform may consist of any high school sports or spirit squad, college sport or spirit squad, fire fighter, EMT, or other approved by instructor.



Before shooting, go to Templates & Graphics > Green Screen and watch the video – All Star Sports Tutorial.

Secondly, look for the graphics available for placing your model onto within the Green Screen folder you will find a folder labeled Backdrop Designs. If none of these are what you are looking for or need look to the following links to find a background design:

Once you have your design idea, photograph your model in their uniform. Settings for lights and camera are below:


  • ISO – 100
  • SS – 1/100
  • F/stop – 7.1
  • Image – RAW
  • White Balance – AWB

Two back lights on green screen:

  • Profoto using beauty dish – 6.0

One front light behind photographer:

  • Profoto using 40″ umbrella – 9.5 – 10.0

If you are wanting more dramatic lighting for your person to match the background design, then the above lighting of the person WILL NOT work.





Once your images are taken and imported into LR. Go through and find the image you are wanting to create a poster from.

Edit the image if there are any skin issues, stray hairs, etc. Don’t do to much adjusting of the levels/brightness of the photo.

Once your ready, right click on the image and choose Edit in > Photoshop.

Screen Removal Note – Now that you are in Photoshop you can either follow the video below or add the GameChanger Extraction Action from Green Screen folder in Templates & Graphics.

To add the action, go to Templates & Graphics > Green Screen and drag the Gamechanger Action into the Photoshop window.

Once added, choose which screen color action to run (see image below).




Note – Instructions below will be based on Gamechanger Extraction Action.


Now that your image is in PS, choose the color background color Action to run.

When the Color Range window opens, use the Eyedropper tools to select all of your background only. All of your model should be black only. Refer to the image below.


After the image area is selected, press OK.

The Refine selection window will open.



If there are missing parts to the model in your image, use the tools to the right to add back missing parts. Be sure to refine the edge of hair, shoelaces, etc. so all background color is removed.

After you’re sure of the selection, press OK.


PS will open your image back to the main window. Take a look in the Layers panel.



You’ll see three new layers. The Hue/Saturation layer adds back color into your image, turn it off and on to see the difference.


Open your design template. Choose Window > Arrange > Tile All Vertically.

Select both the Hue/Saturation layer AND Background copy layers.

Drag them to your template design.


Once the model image and layers are in the design template, go through and check all edges of the model extraction (is there any blue or green showing, worse yet are there missing parts). You may need to return to the extraction and clean up the image again. Then, re-insert to the template design.

Now that your image is in template go through and finalize the design.


When you are done with the design, save it to your folder as a PSD file.





Save your file to Templates & Graphics >File for Printing.

Do NOT Resize

Save as a JPEG file as ClassPeriod-HighSchoolLetter-FirstLastName (6-P-Justin Case)

Once saved, get with your instructor regarding printing the full size poster. Minimum print size will be 11×14, depending on the aspect ratio of your design the print size may vary.



Open the image in PS.

Choose Image > Image Size

Change the Resolution to 72.

Then, change the Height to 600 Pixels.

Save the file as a JPEG to your folder.

Post the file from your folder to your blog.

When closing out your poster PSD file, DO NOT save over your resize.


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