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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]

20 Comments

  1. Clipping path service is a Photoshop based tools by which we can change the background of a picture. It is usually used for editing product image and modeling picture for branding the image.The Clipping path service is very important for E-comers site and Product photographing service. It is very important for Clipping path service to choice photo editing tools or software. And we know it very well that the “Photoshop cc” is the best software for Clipping path service. It provide proper output of Clipping path service very smoothly.

  2. Wow! This is very much important tutorial of addictive tips on how to remove image background in Photoshop. In the Photoshop Tutorial it has been discussed how it can be done, using lasso tool. There are varieties of options available depending on the nature of the picture. Here the natural background of photo has been removed as a example.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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