5 Easy Steps to Remove Background in Photoshop

Updated: Nov 21, 2021

how to remove background on photoshop

Lots of free and paid tools are available to remove the background of a photo. But there is no application other than Photoshop to remove the background of an image cleverly.

Of course, the features of photoshop are like an ocean. Much more to explore and learn. There are many courses available on various platforms to learn every feature of Photoshop, especially for designers.

Moreover, Photoshop is an inevitable tool for eCommerce or Shopify users. Because they need to change or remove the background of their product images to make them more attractive for marketing purposes.

Here we learn how to remove the background of an image in Photoshop in simple ways. Nothing we’re going to make this simple thing too complicated.

What is Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop is a graphic editor. Developed in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll. Photoshop available both in macOS and Windows. With Photoshop’s stunning features, you can change a normal image into a high-quality image.

Besides, you can create designs, graphics, 3D paintings, and plenty of other art works. In other words, you can convert your imaginations to visual magic.

Let’s dig into our topic straight away.

Simple Steps to Remove the Background in Photoshop

As I mentioned above, Photoshop’s features and tools are like an ocean. We can’t cover it all over a single blog post.

So, here we are going to discuss the key points that you must need to know to learn how to remove the background of an image easily in Photoshop.

Step #1 – Select the Area of Background in Photoshop

Firstly, we need to select the weird area that we intending to remove or replace with other attractive backgrounds. Here a few tools that you can use according to the image’s shape.

1. Magnetic Lasso Tool

This is the tool that can help you to select the exact area that you need to remove. The Magnetic Lasso Tool will automatically analyze the edges once start using to select.

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I prefer this tool most frequently. Because it’s effective and easy to handle. Just one initial click is enough, the rest will automatically follow according to the mouse you move through the edges.

how to select the background area

Once you again reach at the initial point. Just make one more click. Your selection process is over by using Magnetic Lasso Tool.

how to select the background with using magnetic lasso tool on photoshop

Now you successfully selected the exact area that you need to put another background.

This tool is more useful for replacing an image that has squiggled edges.

Let's see some other tools that you can also use other than the Magnetic lasso tool.

2. Lasso Tool

This tool allows you to select an area manually. To use this tool, you should have proper mouse or touchpad handling skills. Otherwise, the selection looks weird.

You can select anywhere you want by keep pressing the left button of your mouse.

3. Polygonal Lasso Tool

This is another tool to select a specific area. Especially the areas which has linear surfaces such as square or other straight areas.

Highly useful for selecting large area which hasn’t any curves.

4. Magic Wand Tool

As the name indicates. This is a magical tool to select a certain area.

Just need a single click over the required space. The whole area has going to be selected with this stunning selection tool.

Highly useful and time-effective tool for background removal practices on Photoshop.

Step #2 – Copy the Selected Area of Background in Photoshop

We need to remove the current background and replace it with a new one. So, press the “Ctrl + C button” to copy the image or go to the menu bar, click on the Edit tab, and select Copy on Photoshop dashboard.

Now the selecting and copying processes are over. Now we need to place the selected area on the new background.

Step #3 – Find a New Background

After the selection process, you need to choose a perfect matching background to remove the old one and place the new one.

I repeat that you should be focused on the best matching backgrounds with HD quality. Otherwise, your final image looks ugly.

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