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How to Remove Background in Photoshop [3 Techniques]

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Adding life to all the images have been a simple art we always wanted. All started with this beautiful picture. I was simply perturbed since any and all backgrounds seemed to dampen the natural beauty of the snap. As we were sitting around, a simple revelation dawned! Can I simply lift the image on my palms and place it distinctly? Oh hold on!! A little long drawn conclusion? No. Absolutely not. No longer!! That’s what got me to think of the below and it’s time we share a piece of interesting information here.

So how to remove background in photoshop? Simple yet suave, subtle and effective, it gives your memories wings to fly. Deleting the background from a photograph can actually be a fairly critical affair, particularly if the subject has too much unwanted surroundings, or if the image is exceedingly complex. Here, we take you through the process to help you overcome that challenge.

Currently we will limit usage to Adobe CS6, but the technique detailed here will work in Photoshop CS5 and above, though some elements may look slightly different.

Once you’ve chosen the image and opened it in Photoshop, you can move on to the first step.

3 Photoshop tools used:

Let us now turn our focus on the Background Eraser tool, which creates a niche for itself in the upgraded cadre where complicated changes galore. The background may be sundry or feebly dry for a brighter occasion. No worries mate! Simply sample the color at the center of the brush and delete the pixels of a similar color as you “paint.” Feels like a sublime acid cleaning up the unwanted mess that never should have been and is calmly eliminated from the sweeter memories!!

Let us see how it works.

Background Eraser tool

1. Open the image

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Start by grabbing an image that you want to remove the background from.

2. Select BG (background) Eraser Tool

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By default, the Background Eraser is hiding behind Photoshop’s regular Eraser Tool in the Tools panel. To select it, right-click on the Eraser Tool, and then choose it from the fly-out menu that appears.

As we can see above, we have the 3 distinct options and we need to make the selection for the second item on the dropdown list.

3. Tool Settings

Selection of the proper options is critical from the perspective of the intent of the correction on the picture. As a result, on the tool options bar at the top of the screen, be extremely careful to choose and select a round, hard brush. The most appropriate brush size will vary depending on the image you’re working on. Use the square bracket key ([ or ]) for quickly scaling your brush size. This is going to enable a seamless scale up.

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A. Sampling Option

Over on the left of the Options Bar, you’ll find a set of three icons. These are the Sampling Options, and each icon selects a different behavior. From left to right, we have Continuous, Once and Background Swatch.

Continuous(left) is selected by default, and it means that as we move the Background Eraser around, Photoshop continuously samples the color under the crosshair. The Continuous sampling option works great when the background you’re trying to erase contains multiple colors.

Once (middle) samples only the initial color you click on. No other colors will be sampled while your mouse button is held down, even if you pass the crosshair over different colors. Here I’ll mainly select backgroundswatch (right).
Background swatch will erase pixels that match your current Background color. Choose a background color using the Color Picker that matches the color in the image that you want to erase.

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B. Limits

The three options for Limits are Contiguous, Discontiguous and Find Edges.

Contiguous, the default setting, means that Photoshop can only erase pixels in areas that are physically touching the pixel under the crosshair.

Find Edges is more precise than Contiguous and better at maintaining sharp edge detail.

Discontiguous will erase any pixels that match the first sampled color that the crosshair passes over, even if they are separated by an area of a different color.

In case of this image I’ll select discontinuous.

C. Tolerance

The default Tolerance value is 50%. But if the color of your background is too similar to your subject, causing part of your subject to be erased, try a lower Tolerance setting. If, on the other hand, you notice background color fringing around the edges try a higher Tolerance value. Here I’ve used a tolerance value around 20 to 30%.

4. Start Erasing

Now the actual intended art begins! Try to bring your brush over your background and begin to erase. You should see a brush sized circle with small crosshairs in the center. Try to use a small brush near the detailed areas.

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You can change the options and tolerance as per the requirement of the image and that is how the process works.

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Quick Selection Tool

Another interesting option in the process of background removing is the quick selection tool. Let us guide you quickly through the screen selection for the same.

1. Select the quick selection tool

To select the Quick Selection Tool, click on its icon in Photoshop’s Tools panel, or press the letter W on your keyboard to select it with the shortcut. So then how to get rid of background in photoshop?

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2. Tool Settings

Move to Tool Settings and select the size, gradient hardness and spacing accordingly. Considering you may want to tune the angles to have an artistic view, you may select the same as well.

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3. Start Selection

Click and drag over the area you need to select as if you were painting with a brush. As you drag, Photoshop continuously analyzes the area, comparing color, tone and texture, and does its best job to figure out what it is you’re trying to select, often with amazing result. This tool has “Add to selection” mode by default. So you don’t need to press ‘shift’ key to add the selection. To make the cursor smaller press the left bracket key ( [ ) and the right bracket key ( ] ) to make it larger.

To remove an area from a selection, hold down your Alt key. The small plus sign in the center of the cursor will be replaced with a minus sign (-). Then, with Alt key still held down, click and drag inside the area you need to remove.

Select the required areas very carefully by adjusting the cursor size and zooming in (ctrl+) and zooming out (ctrl-) in the working area of the image.

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Looks to have fit the requirement as of now. But hold on. The edges still do not look perfect. Isn’t it? Let us go deeper.

4. Refine edge

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Go to the refine edge option panel as shown in the screen captured above and move the brush (edge detection) around the edges to get a perfect output.

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Now adjust smoothen / contrast as per requirements to make it just ‘perfect’ and select the output to new layer to layer mask.

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Now it suits the imagination a little more.

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As a final touch up to this content, let us have a glimpse of the magic wand as well before we close the context.

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Magic Wand Tool

Photoshop’s magic wand tool selects pixels based on tone and color. So if you are working with an image with solid background color this tool will work perfect. But it may create trouble if the image has a contrast of colors.

1. Select the Tool as defined in the screen captured below.

You will need to click on the quick selection tool in the tool panel and keep your mouse button held down until a fly out menu appears. Select the magic wand from the menu.

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How to Remove Background in Photoshop [3 Techniques] 162. Set the Tolerance and Click on the Background

Start by clicking on the portion of the background you want to edit and remove. If the selection looks like the one shown below, you may need to increase the tolerance which can be found on the top of the photoshop window. You may want to vary it between 30 to 40 and look for the apt display.

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How to Remove Background in Photoshop [3 Techniques] 18In order to add to your selection while using the Magic Wand tool, hold the “shift” button as you select multiple areas of the background you would intend to remove. In order to undo the same or detract the selected pieces, you may use the “Alt” key as you proceed.

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How to Remove Background in Photoshop [3 Techniques] 20Here also you get the refined edge option to get the perfect edges of your selection. Otherwise press Ctrl+J to copy your selection to a new layer.

You have the final picture with you.

It is possibly a mix of all the above that can give the perfect blend to the snap we are looking at. It may not always be a “one size fits all” concept and hence it is advised to have a fair idea of all the techniques once we stead fast to making a snap a memoir!!

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. To make it beautiful now lay in your hands!! Hope you enjoyed this process of how to delete a background in photoshop and happy learning till we connect again with another piece clippingarts!!

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Transparent Background in Photoshop

The major benefit of transparent background is that we can use the image or design on any other background easily.

Photoshop offers various techniques of removing the solid background of an image. After removing the background, we get a new layer with the desired image.

But what if we want it on a transparent background? Not a problem. Just select the image by pressing ‘Ctrl’ and click on the layer of the image. Then press ctrl+C to copy the image.

Now you need to create a new file. Go to file→new, select the width and height according to the image and do not forget to change the background contents to transparent. Then, click ok. You may refer the screen captured below.

How to Remove Background in Photoshop [3 Techniques] 21A new transparent canvas will open. Now simply press Ctrl+V to paste the image. That is how you can get your image with an transparent background.

Now we can save the image in variety of formats like PNG, GIF, TIFF and of course PSD. Only remember JPEG format does not support transparency.

So then, till we are back with the next piece, happy learning!!​