How to Remove Background in Photoshop: The 3 Easy Methods

How to remove background in photoshop. Photographers capture breathtaking pictures of nature and objects all the time. However, certain photos could use some improvement in their background. The most common problem is having a messy or blurred background behind your subject. It can take away from the impact of your final product and make it less professional-looking. The good news is that Photoshop makes it fairly easy to remove any unwanted backgrounds and replace them with whatever you want. 

This article will explain precisely how you can remove the background from any photo and replace it with something else in just a few simple steps. Once you understand the logic behind this technique, you’ll find that removing backgrounds is not only easy but also quite fun as well. Let’s get started!

How to Remove Background in Photoshop

In Photoshop, you can remove an image’s background using different methods, but some are simpler than others. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll demonstrate to you how to remove the backgrounds of an image in Photoshop using three different methods (using the Quick Action tool, the Pen Tool, and the Background Eraser Tool). So, you will get one that works perfectly for you. 

NOTE: We use Photoshop CC 2020 throughout this tutorial. 

Method 1: Removing Background In Photoshop Using Quick Action

Using this method to remove the background of your image is the easiest way.

With the Quick Action tool in Photoshop 2020 and later versions, you can use different actions on your images. This involves removing the background, among other things.

This method automatically detects and removes the background from your photo. It’s nice to use this method if you want to get rid of the background in your photo quickly, but because the feature looks for the subject automatically, you might not be OK with the result you are looking for.

Follow this simple guide to remove the background of your image in Photoshop using the Quick Action feature.

1. Open your image in Photoshop. (2020 and later versions)

2. Right-click on your background layer and click Duplicate Layer. A dialog box will pop up on your screen. Rename your duplicate layer to your preferred name and click OK. 

How to Remove Background in Photoshop

3. Next, click the eye icon at the left of the original layer to disable or turn it off.

4. Make sure your Properties panel is open. And you can open this by going to Window > Properties. Most of the time, the properties panel is already checked, so there’s no need to open it. If it isn’t, then make sure it is checked.

How to Remove Background in Photoshop

5. Click your new layer in the Layers panel. Then in the Properties panel, click the Remove Background button under Quick Actions.

How to Remove Background in Photoshop

6. That’s all. You’ve successfully removed the background of your image using the quick action feature. 

How to Remove Background in Photoshop

If you are not happy with the outcome, you can make adjustments by going into the mask options and making the necessary changes. However, you should keep in mind that this method works only on Photoshop 2020 and later versions.

Method 2: Removing Background in Photoshop Using the Pen Tool

The Pen Tool works best when the subject and background don’t have high contrast or when the other tools mentioned above aren’t giving you the best result.

Follow these steps to remove the background of your image in Photoshop using the Pen Tool.

1. Open your image in Photoshop. 

2. Right-click on your background layer and click Duplicate Layer. A pop-up will appear on your screen; rename your layer and click OK.

3. Click the eye icon at the left of the original layer to disable or turn it off.

4. Select the Pen tool from the toolbox on the left-hand side of your screen. Alternatively, press the letter P on your keyboard.

How to Remove Background in Photoshop

5. Next, outline your subject. Zoom into your image and click at an appropriate starting point to start the first anchor and continue adding additional anchors to outline your subject.

If you want to create a curved line, hold down the mouse when dropping the second point and move it around to get the curve you want.

How to Remove Background in Photoshop

If you mistakenly drop an anchor point in the wrong place, simply undo it by pressing Ctrl + Z for Windows, and Command + Z for macOS.

6. Save the Path. Once you’ve made your selection, save the path. To do this, go to Window > Paths to disclose the Paths panel. 

Click the three-bar menu at the right and click Save Path. A pop-up will appear on your screen. Name your path and click “OK.”

How to Remove Background in Photoshop

7. Next, right-click your path in the Paths panel and select Make Selection, then click OK. Now you’ll see the marching ants appear, following your path.

How to Remove Background in Photoshop

8. Invert the selection.

We want to delete everything except the selection, so you must first invert it. To revert the selection, go to Select > Inverse. Now you’ll see the marching ants appear around the entire background, selecting it.

9. To delete the background, hit the delete key.

How to Remove Background in Photoshop

Method 3: Removing Background in Photoshop Using the Background Eraser Tool

1. Open your image in Photoshop. 

2. Right-click on your background layer and click Duplicate Layer. A pop-up will appear on your screen; rename your layer and click OK.

3. Click the eye icon at the left of the original layer to disable or turn it off.

4. Select the Background Eraser tool from the toolbox on the left-hand side of your screen. However, this tool might be hidden under the Eraser tool. To reveal it, click and hold the Eraser tool and select the Background Eraser tool.

How to Remove Background in Photoshop

5. Choose your brush. Head over to the top panel of your screen where the brush settings are located. Select your brush settings and make sure you choose a size appropriate for your image. Or you can use the [and] bracket keys to adjust your brush settings.

6. Choose a Sampling type. In this guide, the sampling type is set to “Continuous.” This is the first of three icons after the brush preset option. 

7. Set Limits and Tolerance. Set the Limits to Find Edges and the Tolerance to 20%.

Noted: if you have your Tolerance set very low, let’s say 5 to 10%, it will be much stricter in what it cuts out or what part of the image it removes. If your Tolerance is set very high, let’s say 50 to 70%, it will remove the background, but it may also remove part of the image.

8. Start Removing the Background. Once you have set your tolerance right, You can start erasing the background around your subject by clicking and holding while dragging the brush.

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