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Photoshop Design - September 20, 2010

Remove Backgrounds from Images

Removing backgrounds from images can be a much easier process than most people think. The first approach a lot of people take is going directly to the magic wand or polygon lasso tool in Photoshop. While these are both very powerful tools and can achieve great results when used correctly, they can still be somewhat time consuming and aren’t always the correct approach when removing a background from an image.

In this tutorial we’ll go through a few different options which can achieve the same results as the polygon lasso and magic wand tool without spending more than a few seconds on each image. Keep in mind, there are some cases where this may not work, usually this occurs if the image is on a background which isn’t a solid color.

Here’s an example of images which use the effects listed below:
RemoveBackground21 Remove Backgrounds from Images

In the example above we’ve used images which had a white background and a shadow below the fruit. Normally this would be a simple image to use the magic wand on and pull off the background, however, because of the shadow we weren’t able to do that. Here’s where the technique comes in, go to your layers palette and select the layer that your image is on which you’d like to remove the background from. Now using the layers effects drop down menu on the top of the layers palette, select Darken, this will knock out the white background and show transparency through it only leaving your foreground object.

There are some cases where Darken may not work, if that’s the case, try using either Multiply or Lighten. You’ll also find that these layer options can differ from one version of Photoshop to the next, so toggle back and forth through each one until you find the right one.

If you have any questions pertaining to the above tutorial feel free to comment below.

Remove Backgrounds

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Frank Perez
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Nice way to remove a background. Quick and effective.

thnankeells
Thursday, August 6, 2015

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