How To Remove Background From Image ?

Step 1: Open your image in Photoshop.

Photoshop Background Removal Step 1

First and foremost, you will need to open the photo in Photoshop. If you want to remove the background, you can select ‘Quick selection tool’ that is present in the tools panel.

In case you are unable to find the Quick selection tool, you can use the ‘Magic Wand Tool.’

When you are choosing ‘Quick selection tool,’ you can open the context-sensitive menu on the top of your workspace.

Before you start using the tool, you will need to select the ‘Add to Selection’ option. In addition to that, you can also open the ‘Brush Picker’ and reduce the size of the brush which depends on the size of the photo that you want to edit with the tools available in the software.

Step 2: Removing the Background Image with the Selection Tool


When the tool is ready, you can click and drag the mouse in the unwanted background. When this is done, a dotted selection line would appear in the background. You will need to work around the subject and add the lines as you proceed further.

There are times when you find some areas where you want to include the selection. You can hold down the ‘Alt’ or ‘Option’ key if you want to toggle the subtraction mode present in the tool after which click and drag the mouse button around the background area where you want to remove it. Once done, you can release the ‘Alt’ or ‘Option’ key when you are ready to add the selection again. You can also make choices among the addition and subtraction modes as per your work.

If you want, you can zoom in closer to work over the tougher areas which can include both the subject as well as the background. You can add details such as shoestrings which you are not required to include. However, you can reduce the brush to 1 px, which can help in capturing the smallest details. Once you are done with the selection process, you are ready to make a move.

Step 3: Refining the Edges of the Image

Photoshop Background Removal Step 3

When the selection is complete, you can right-click over the selection line and select ‘refine edge’ from the pop-up menu.

The refine edge dialogue that you find can help in fine-tuning the selection for getting the best results. You can then change the view mode to ‘On White’ or any other option that will give a contrast when you are making a selection. When you achieve, you will also be able to see the parts of the edge that would need a lot of your help.

Under the Adjust Edge option, you can increase the smooth value slider if you wish to soften the jagged edges of the selection process. You will also need to adjust the additional sliders and smoothing can help you a lot in this particular aspect. Once you are done with this, you can click OK when you have finished.

Step 4: View then selection process on a new layer

Photoshop Background Removal Step 4

Once you are done with the final step, you can review the result easily. Right-click in the selection area and choose the layer using the copy option. Once you are done, the selection that you make will be given to a new layer without background and editing your original photo.

Another thing that needs to be done is to toggle off the visibility of the background layer and view the entire piece against the original image.

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