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6 Best Ways To Remove Backgrounds | Photoshop Tutorial




In this quick tutorial we count the six best methods for removing backgrounds in photoshop.

Number Six - The Eraser Tools

Select the Magic Eraser tool, set an appropriate tolerance level and then click near the boundary between your subject and background. This will remove most of your background. You can then follow up with the basic eraser tool for any remaining background areas.

However, I definitely wouldn't recommend using this destructive and often unreliable method for any kind of professional work.

Number Five - Selecting a Color Range

This method is great if you're taking photos in front of a green screen. Go to Select...Color Range. Then use the pipettes to set the sampling colors. Once you're done, go to Select...Inverse to select your subject instead of the background. Then click the mask button to hide the background.

At this stage you'll notice there's still some color fringing. This can easily be removed by going to Image...Adjustments...Replace Color. Set the saturation to minus one hundred, and then use the pipettes to select the color fringed areas. Once you're done, click OK to apply the changes. The Sponge tool can also be useful to desaturate any remaining areas.

Number Four - The Layer Blending Options

Some images, such as those from stock photography sites, come pre-isolated on a pure white background. Provided your subject isn't over-exposed, you can easily hide the background using layer blending options.

Go to Layer...Layer Style...Blending Options and move the top-right slider a tiny amount to the left. This hides the lightest areas of your image. You can hold down the Alt or Option key to detach the secondary slider and move that slightly further to the left to soften the boundary edges.

Number Three - The Screen Blending Mode

Effects like flames and smoke frequently come on a pure black background. Just select your image layer and then change the blending mode to Screen. This will replace your black background with transparency.

Number Two - Selecting and Then Masking

This should be your usual method for removing backgrounds.

Roughly select your subject using the Quick Selection tool. Then click the Refine Edge button. This will bring up the Refine Edge window. Change your viewing mode to On Layers and then start highlighting the edges of your subject. Photoshop will then start calculating the remaining edges of your subject automatically. Once you're done change the output to Layer Mask and then Click OK. You'll see a mask has now been created that hides your background.

Number One - Masking Manually

You should expect all of these automated methods to fail, when dealing with difficult image areas. Therefore it's definitely worth becoming skilled at making changes to your mask manually.

Select your mask and then start painting onto it with a soft brush on a small size setting. Painting the mask with black hides parts of the image, while painting with white reveals it. I find the trick to this is to repeatedly tease the boundary with just the very edge of your brush, until you've removed the background.

Although tiresome, taking the time to mask problem areas manually will often reward you with the best results.
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Very good info...thanks.
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