One of the most basic – but certainly one of the most useful – functions that Photoshop allows you do to to photos is to remove background in photos or images, allowing you to use the chosen subject in a different image. [how to remove background in photoshop cc 2018]
In other words, it allows you to take a selfie on a beach, cut yourself out and with a little Photoshop magic, make all your friends think you’re actually in The Alps.
This guide explains how to remove background in photoshop cc 2018 of simple images using selection and deletion. This method works best for images with simple backgrounds with a solid background color, smooth edges around the object, and a distinct contrast between the foreground and the background. These instructions may not be for you if your image is detailed or intricate around the edges or has a background with a similar color to the foreground.
Photoshop is a pretty amazing program, and with such a massive selection of tools, the program offers a number of different ways to strip backgrounds from images. We’ll start with the easiest method, which works well if you’re dealing with a neutral, solid, or otherwise basic background.
Photoshop Tools Overview:
Note: Keyboard shortcuts in parentheses.
- Background Eraser Tool (E): Change particular colors of a layer to transparent by clicking and dragging.
- Eraser Tool (E): Change parts of the layer to transparent by clicking and dragging.
- Layers Panel: Displays all layers within the document. When a particular layer is selected, your actions will only affect that layer.
- Magic Eraser Tool (E): Change all similar pixels to transparent by clicking a particular color.
- Magnetic Lasso Tool (L): Select an object with magnetic points that snap to the edge of an object. Add points by clicking and moving your cursor. Remove points by pressing backspace (Windows) or delete (Mac).
- Magic Wand Tool (W): Select similar pixels by clicking the layer.
- Move Tool (V): Move objects in a given layer around the Photoshop workspace by clicking and dragging.
- Quick Selection Tool (W): Select an object by clicking and dragging.
- Workspace: The area located around your image.
In true Photoshop fashion, there’s multiple ways to achieve this, all of which are quick and easy. Here are 2 that you can try now:
Option #1: Remove Background – The Magic Wand Tool
The magic wand tool is one of the quickest ways to accomplish this. It works best on a scene with a clearly defined colour difference between what you want to cut out and what you want to keep. Simply clicking on your subject that you wish to cut out from the background will give you a default photoshop selection for the subject. (The moving lines indicate a selection).
If your selection is not precise enough, you will want to play with the tolerance setting on the highest Photoshop toolbar. Increasing the tolerance will expand the selection and decreasing the tolerance will shrink the selection. Play around with this number, press (CMD+D or CTRL+D) to deselect your current selection, and click your subject again to see the tolerance change take effect.
The key part of this process is the selection inversion. As this lets us remove the background as opposed to the content you actually want to keep. Navigate using the top Photoshop menu, and choose select > inverse. This will change the moving dots around your selection to be on the background, as opposed to the subject. Now with one final delete (backspace) you’ll find you’ve successfully remove the background!
Option #2: Using Background eraser Tool
Step 1: Open your photo in Photoshop.
Step 2: Select the Background Eraser tool.
Step 3: Adjust the brush size to your liking and set the Sampling to Continuous.
Step 4: Set the Limits to Find Edges and adjust the Tolerance. Lower is generally better since a high setting will remove more colors. It’s generally a safe bet to opt for a setting in the 20-30 range.
Step 5: Hover over an area of the background that’s near your object. Now, simply click and it will be removed.
Step 6: Continue this process until you’ve created a background-free border around your entire object. Feel free to adjust the tolerance as needed where your image gets lighter/darker around the edges.
Step 7: Once you’ve created a solid border around your object, switch to the Eraser tool and remove the rest of the background.
The Magic Wand and Lasso methods work great, namely because many photo-editing programs have borrowed the look and feel of these highlighting tools for their own removal tools.
I hope this tutorial helped you in learning how to remove background in photoshop cc 2018