Simple Ways to Remove an Unwanted Background

By Emend Studios   in  Photoshop

Posted On : 30-03-2020


While there are a number of online sites that can aid in the process and application of utilizing a background remover… Photoshop is the one place where you can gain precise results. We will focus on removing a background with Photoshop. This will introduce you to the first steps towards compositing. 


So first off, how to remove the background in photoshop? Here are a few steps to follow:

  1. Open your image in Adobe Photoshop.

  2. Ready the “Quick Selection Tool” ensure that the brush is set at the right size to fit your immediate need.

  3. Drag the “Quick Selection Tool” to your image to start the background remover. You’ll notice a highlight of dashed lines collecting around the main subject of the image. With the subject within the selection, some parts of the main subject can end up in the selection. If you do not want this particular section in the “Quick Selection Tool” highlight simply hit the “alt” key which will subtract your latest action.

  4. Since everything is within your selection, right-click on the background image and on the new pop-up window click on “Refine Edge”.

  5. On this pop-up window select view mode to “On White”.

  6. The reason for “Refine Edge” is to simply smooth out any sharp edges or jagged points on your main subject.

  7. Right-click on your selection and click the “Layer via Copy”. This brings up a new layer for your main subject to be pasted on. 


From here the option for background remove in Photoshop can lead to replacing a new background of your choice. 

Now if you are proficiently skilled with the “Pen Tool” this same action can be taken to work as a background remover in Photoshop. The idea behind “background remove” is to create layers and a new image altogether. 

There are also numerous tutorial videos depicting the “background remove image” technique when it comes to learning the shortcuts of Photoshop. 

It may take a few times to get the handle of the “Quick Selection Tool”, however, you do have the availability to zoom in and concentrate on a detailed area. 


How About the Background Eraser Tool? 

Another cool option is the “Background Eraser Tool” is you don’t mind a bit of time-consuming. Check out the eraser options by right-clicking for a small menu. You’ll see the “background eraser tool” between two choices. What will happen?

  1. The brush will appear as a circle with a center period or point.

  2. You can adjust the size to your liking.

  3. Be sure to remember that this tool will only erase the color sample you’ve selected. Meaning that with the tool, hover over an area of the background and the brush will sample that section. Then you can start to move the eraser tool to completely remove the background. You must continuously hold the mouse down without un-clicking as to leave other areas untouched or non-removed. 

  4. Suddenly the original grey and white checkered background pattern will appear as a new slate.

The background remove in Photoshop option doesn’t have to be an ordeal to fight with, however, a simple tool to progress towards layering and compositing without too much hassle. Largely, you’ll be able to change the background to different colors, preferred images, or even layering a whole new selection of images together that eventually falls into masking.