How To Remove Image Background In Photoshop [Tutorial]

Removing background from any image can be hard and time consuming, but the purpose can have infinite possibilities. In this Photoshop Tutorial we will discover how it can be done, using lasso tool. There are variety of options available depending on the nature of the picture.

Starting off, we will get rid of the natural background behind the Hooded Seedeater as well as the barbed wire.

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Now before we get into any of the steps, simply duplicate the background layer. Doing so, we will have a backup of our original in case anything goes wrong. You will also have to remove the visibility of the background layer by unchecking the eye mark.

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Going further, we can select lasso tool. Lasso Tool is made for selecting objects with complex edges set against contrast colors. By selecting the lasso tool, we will select the area we want to keep (the bird and the barbed wire).

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Now after selecting the required area, click move tool. You will notice that now you can move your selected area and your background stays empty. Copy the selected area (Ctrl + C) and paste it anywhere in your workspace (Ctrl + V). A new layer will appear on your layer panel. You can delete the copied background layer or uncheck the eye to remove the visibility.


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Moving on towards the final touches, we will use magic wand tool to remove the unwanted areas. Select the tool and then click on all the green unwanted area and hit delete.

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Finally, create a new layer just to add a background of your choice. We will add a gradient to the newly created layer of gray and white. Though, we have successfully removed the background from the bird and barbed wire.

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Since we had our cropped subject on a new layer, we can do a number of tricks with our background.

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Finally the result looks cool! Let us know which other Photoshop tip you would like to see!

[PHOTO CREDIT: peggycollins]

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  • Amj

    BY FAR, the BEST tutorial on this topic! Thanks so much!

  • Jim Frame

    I have a number of TIFF images that have a background pattern I’d like to remove, but there are many, many objects in them that I want to preserve. Is there a way to identify a background pattern and then tell Photoshop to remove only that pattern?

    See http://members.dcn.org/jhframe/Sample.tif for a sample from one of these files.

    Thanks.

  • kapil sengar

    i am a graphic designer. best tutorial on this topic!

    Thanks so much!

  • Mike

    How about showing people what your Magic wand tool settings are.  Without knowing the settings, you will just select the entire image and delete it.  Its not just simply grab the magic wand tool and select the green area and delete.

  • Mike

    How about showing people what your Magic wand tool settings are.  Without knowing the settings, you will just select the entire image and delete it.  Its not just simply grab the magic wand tool and select the green area and delete.

  • Jeremypenaranda

    yeah so far the best tutorial on removing background

  • Nick

    Simply Awesome tutorial …… too easy to follow with great results !! Thanks

  • Mekki

    Ok, I can honestly say your are the eaziest and most efficient tutorial on this topic. Thanks!

  • jason smith

    Hey, this is a really nice
    tutorial. Very cool effect… I’ve used it a bit in some of my pics.

    Remove Background

  • T T

    it does not work for me. For some reason when I copy AI picture from Illustrator (whether as a smart object or pixels) to Photoshop and remove background and save picture as jpg, I still have the white background. Any other ideas?

  • ola

    God bless you sir, Q.E.D

  • like

    thanxx…………….

  • http://www.clippingpathspecialist.com/photograph-retouching.html Shumicps

    Pretty good tutorial on background removing task, specially for the image of bird.

  • Ifat Sharmin

    What a great tutorial I have got here…Its really the best tutorial ever I got…Thank you so much…