Learn How to Remove Image Background Using Photoshop

Learn How to Remove Image Background Using Photoshop

If you are an aspiring image editor there are a few tips and tricks you will need to learn to get started. One of which is learning how to properly remove an image from its background. This is something you will have to learn to do if you want to pursue this career as many times during the job you will have to compile many pictures into one. Although removing a background is a fairly simple process it does take a little bit of finesse in order to do it perfectly.

First off you will have to open up Photoshop and open the picture you would like to remove the background from. Once you have opened this you will want to decide on which method you will be using in order to start this process. There are many ways such as the Pen tool, Lasso tool, and Magic Wand tool, however, those can take much more time and will most certainly require more effort on your part. For the beginner image editor, we will be focusing on the Quick Selection Tool which will be found in the Tools panel located on the left of your screen.

Once you have found and selected the Quick Selection Tool you will want to make a look at the cursor to ensure it is showing a “+” in the center of the circle. If it is showing a “-“ you will want to press the shift key in order to change it to where it needs to be. Once in the correct setting, you must select the area of the background that you are looking to remove by simply clicking and dragging the cursor around the desired area. If you accidentally go over something you didn’t intend to you can press alt on your keyboard, turning the cursor to a “-“ and you are now able to remove sections of the selections. Don’t try to be overly perfect with this tool in selecting every hair and edge as you are able to go in and alter the selection in a few moments.

Once you are satisfied with your selection you will want to right click with your mouse and select the option that says “Select Inverse”. This does exactly what it implies in selection the image you are looking to save rather than the background itself. Now you will want to click the option that reads “Add Layer Mask” located at the bottom of the layers panel. Once you click this option you will see your background instantly disappear. You may be realizing now that it doesn’t look exactly as you envisioned in your head, and that is completely fine because now we can refine it using the Mask Edge tool.

You must double-click the mask located in your layers panel then you will click “Mask Edge” to open a dialogue box with a few different sliders. In this dialogue box, you are able to adjust the selection to get it exactly where you want it to be. First, you will want to click to show radius. Initially, you won’t be able to see anything different but by adjusting the radius slider you can refine the selection to pick up all the stray hairs and other edges you initially missed. Once done uncheck show radius to go back to how it was before. Play around with the sliders included in that dialogue box in order to make the selection mask exactly how you want it.

Once you have finished that step you now have an image without a background and are able to do whatever you desire with it. You can put the remaining image into another picture or you can add a new background in place of the one you just removed. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.