There are a lot of great benefits of leveraging Photoshop. One of the powerful features it offers is the ability to remove backgrounds from images.
Here is a tutorial on using Photoshop for this purpose.
How to remove the background of an image with Photoshop
As we mentioned, this exceptional tool, despite the fact that it can be capable of achieving incredible results with images, can also be quite gentle with those who are encouraged to use it, as long as the tasks to be performed are simple. Otherwise, that is to say with complex projects, the learning curve of Adobe Photoshop can be arduous, and we should only undertake it if we really want to dedicate ourselves to graphic arts or illustrations.
This flexibility demonstrates why Photoshop is the software of choice for hundreds of thousands of users. Despite all the alternatives on the market, many easier to use and even free, Adobe’s development is the most popular, and in fact, the industry standard. But we were talking about flexibility, and in this matter Photoshop has a lot to give even to the most inexperienced user, as we will see in this tutorial, where we will learn how to completely remove the background of an image with Photoshop, easily and quickly.
Remove the background of an image with Photoshop
Although there are many ways and approaches to remove the background of an image with Photoshop, which have to do with the experience and ability of each user, the truth is that the easiest and fastest way to do it is the tool called “Magic Eraser”, which although it may seem an inflexible method, the truth is that it is able to perform the most accurate deletions, even preserving the smallest details of the image that we want to isolate.
From this point on, the necessary instructions to remove the background of an image in Photoshop like a pro.
The first thing we have to do is to open the image we want to modify. To do this, click on “File” and then on “Open”.
Once the image is loaded, we duplicate the layer to work comfortably on the image, and then we select the “Eraser” tool, which comes in three variants.
However, the one we are interested in at the moment is called “Magic Eraser”, which works similarly to the well-known “Magic Wand”, a tool developed to select a range of similar pixels and remove them with a mouse click.
To find the “Magic Eraser” tool, we position ourselves in the toolbox, in the “Eraser” item and hold down the cursor until the remaining options appear. There we select the Magic Eraser.
Once the tool is selected, we reduce or increase the degree of tolerance to a level where it removes exactly what we want, i.e. it does not overdo the selection, but does not catch less than expected. We also click to activate the “Contiguous” function.
We remove all the elements from the background of the image until we complete it and leave the central figure isolated, in this case the image of the monkey. Once we have finished, we can remove the borders, in this case with the “Background Eraser” tool.
Remove the remains of the background from the edges of the central image.
Step 1: Select “Eraser tool
Select the “Background Eraser Tool” and right-click to select a soft tip with a size of 125. Also as in the previous step, it is necessary to test some parameters until you reach the right values. It is also a good idea to test by turning on and off the options “Limits”, “Tolerance” and the eraser size.
To complete the work, we select the standard “Eraser” tool and remove the remaining pixels that for some reason could not be removed in the previous actions.
Although this is not a magic solution, it is an important help, and if we take enough practice, it is a simple and practical procedure that will give us extraordinary results.