It happens to just about everybody at some point.
You need to remove the dreaded plain white background from an image, but you don’t know how to do it. You could be selling items online, creating a presentation, or just manipulating images for personal use. Whatever the reason, it’s sometimes necessary to remove backgrounds.
In this case, your experience will depend on your software. But since most picture editing software operates the same way, the tips for removing a background are pretty much the same for all of them.
So, let’s take a look at some tips on how to remove backgrounds from images.
Table of Contents
1. Insert the Image in the Photo Editor
This is the first step to get things rolling.
Whether you’re using a purchased editor like Photoshop, or a free background remover, the steps are usually the same. It’s also a very easy part of the process. Either take a screenshot, or simply upload whatever image you want to manipulate into the photo editor or background remover. It’s as simple as that.
2. Click Transparent Fill
The next step is easy as well. There’s usually a “Fill” button on the editor’s toolbar, which you can click on. You may need to add the transparent fill option to your styles, but this is simple to do. Under your editor’s tool properties, just click on the fill color options, and select the transparent fill option.
3. Fix the Image Tolerance
When removing a plain white background, or any background for that matter, you may need to adjust the tolerance of the fill. This is particularly the case when dealing with images that present different shades or a mix of different colors, which may cause bleeding around the edges.
In this case, you may want to play around with the tolerance to find the right balance. This is one of those trial-and-error situations that you’ll just have to experiment with.
4. Select the Plain White Background You Want to Remove
The next step to remove a white background is to click on the actual background areas that you want to remove. For most photo editors and background removers, this process is very easy.
There’s usually a tool involved that lets you mark the foreground object (or objects) that you want to keep, and then another that allows you to mark out the background you want to get rid of. The beauty of this is that you don’t have to be precise, just mark the image and let the program do all the rest.
5. Save Your Image and Enjoy
Finally, all you need to do is save your image. Remember to save it as a PNG file, which supports transparency and allow you to ditch the white background.
Make the Most of Your Images
That’s really all there is to it. There’s no reason to get frustrated about removing a plain white background from an image, since there are many available tools to make the process easier. Whichever program you decide to use, the steps for removing an image background are pretty much identical.
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