How to Change Clothes and Background in Photos With Stable Diffusion (Using Inpainting Techniques)

Explore the transformative impact of Stable Diffusion on photo editing, simplifying background replacement and wardrobe changes. In this blog post, we delve into the world of inpainting techniques with Stable Diffusion, to see how they make this possible.

How to Change Clothes and Background in Photos With Stable Diffusion (Using Inpainting Techniques)

In the dynamic world of professional photography, two formidable challenges often loom large: frequent location changes and outfit swapping. For professional photographers and agencies catering to models and brands, orchestrating photoshoots in diverse locations can become a logistical nightmare. It not only consumes valuable time but also incurs substantial expenses. Similarly, imagine being a photographer overseeing a shoot where the model needs to change outfits frequently to capture different looks. This demanding task can be taxing for both the photographer and the model, not to mention the cumbersome wardrobe that must be lugged around.

In this blog post, we will explore the innovative realm of AI-powered photo editing. We'll guide you through the exciting techniques of changing backgrounds and swapping out clothes using advanced inpainting methods with Stable Diffusion XL (SDXL), transforming these daunting tasks into manageable, creative opportunities.

Inpainting Techniques

Before we dive deeper, let's very briefly look at the inpainting techniques we will be exploring in this blog post and how they work.

SDXL Inpainting is a text-to-image diffusion model that generates photorealistic images from textual input. It allows for precise modifications of images through the use of a mask, enabling the alteration of specific parts of an image. The process involves using a mask to identify the sections of the image that need changing, followed by creating synthetic masks to guide the inpainting process, ensuring accurate generation of photorealistic images from textual input. ControlNet conditioning can also be used in conjunction with SDXL Inpainting to provide additional control and guidance in the image generation process, allowing for more flexibility and customization of the generated images.

Background Replacement

Goal: Keep the subject intact while seamlessly changing the background or setting in the generated images.

If you are a professional photographer or represent an agency specializing in professional photoshoots for models or brands, conducting photoshoots in different locations can be both time-consuming and expensive.

By utilizing Generative AI methods like ControlNet Inpainting, you can effortlessly replace backgrounds with a wide variety of scenes using just a single photograph.

ControlNet Inpainting operates by employing a mask to guide the inpainting process. With this technique, you can specify which parts of the image to retain or remove. An inpaint mask is created around the subject, effectively separating it from the background. ControlNet utilizes this inpaint mask to generate the final image, altering the background according to the provided text prompt, all while ensuring the subject remains consistent with the original image. ControlNet achieves this by incorporating additional conditions, such as control images (e.g., depth maps, canny edges, or human poses), to influence the image generation process.

As demonstrated in the example below, we transformed a rather dull and uninteresting background in a photograph of a model into a vibrant setting with streetlights and a pleasing bokeh effect.

Background replacement with ControlNet Inpainting

With just a single photograph featuring a model in a hoodie and a jacket, we can create images with a wide range of backgrounds or settings, all achieved by replacing backgrounds with ControlNet Inpainting.

ControlNet Inpainting significantly reduces the need for on-location shoots, offering a substantial saving in both time and expenses. It unlocks a realm of creative possibilities, allowing photographers to experiment with an endless variety of backgrounds without being limited by physical locations. Most importantly, ControlNet Inpainting meticulously alters only the background while ensuring the subject of the photograph remains pristine and unaffected. This not only maintains the photograph's realism but also enhances its overall aesthetic appeal, making it an invaluable tool for photographers seeking to expand their creative horizons while streamlining their workflow.

Swap Out Clothes

Goal: Maintain a consistent scene or background while changing the subject's clothes.

Consider another scenario: you are a photographer conducting a photoshoot with a model. In each photograph, the model is expected to change into a different set of clothes. This process can be time-consuming and exhausting for both the photographer and the model, not to mention the countless number of outfits the model has to carry.

With the help of Generative models such as SDXL Inpainting, you can effortlessly swap out clothes using just a single photograph.

SDXL inpainting transforms images through a concise, four-step process: it begins with the input image, which serves as the canvas for alterations. Next, a mask is applied to highlight specific areas for change. A text prompt then guides the inpainting model, describing the desired modifications. Finally, the model processes these inputs, generating an output image that seamlessly blends the new elements, dictated by the mask and text prompt, with the original image

As illustrated in the example below, we transformed an image of a model wearing a scarf and jacket into one where the model dons a turtleneck sweater.

The outfit of a man was swapped out for different clothing using SDXL Inpainting.

With just a single photograph of a model in a scarf and jacket, we can create a wide range of images, each featuring the same model in different outfits, all achieved using SDXL Inpainting.

SDXL Inpainting streamlines the outfit-changing process, eliminating the physical necessity for models to change clothes, which not only speeds up the photoshoot but also reduces the fatigue typically associated with frequent wardrobe changes. It opens the door to a myriad of versatile wardrobe options, allowing photographers to offer a broad spectrum of clothing choices without the logistical demands of a physical wardrobe. This greatly enhances the creative options available to clients. Additionally, the SDXL Inpainting process ensures that the swapped clothing appears seamlessly integrated with the original image, preserving its realism and natural appearance. This is a game-changer for photographers, combining practical efficiency with expansive creative possibilities, all while maintaining the authenticity and quality of the photograph.


In the ever-evolving landscape of professional photography, the challenges of time, expense, and creative versatility have long been constants. From the intricate demands of conducting photoshoots in various locations to the arduous task of changing outfits for every shot, the world of photography has often tested the limits of both photographers and models alike.

Using AI-driven solutions like ControlNet Inpainting and SDXL Inpainting can be game changer. ControlNet Inpainting empowers photographers to effortlessly replace backgrounds while maintaining subject integrity, opening up a world of creative possibilities without the need for costly location changes. On the other hand, SDXL Inpainting simplifies clothing swaps, enabling photographers to keep the same scene or background while seamlessly changing a model's attire. The time-consuming process of multiple wardrobe changes and carrying endless outfits is now a thing of the past.

As illustrated in our examples, the possibilities are boundless. With just a single photograph, you can embark on a visual journey, transforming scenes and outfits with unparalleled ease. The result? A photography experience that is not only more efficient and cost-effective but also brimming with limitless creative potential.