In photo editing, an image with a transparent background is much easier to work with, especially if you’re going to use the images for commercial purposes. Take product photos as an example. In doing so, you have to try removing the image background by using Photoshop. Don’t be intimidated by it, there are several ways you can do for removing image background using Photoshop. Here are the steps.
Using Polygonal Lasso Tool
If you want to try removing image background with straight edges, like for objects with rectangular or triangle shape, it’s easier to do so by using the Polygonal Lasso Tool from Photoshop. Let’s start with opening up your image file in Photoshop. Then, move your cursor to the top menu “Layer” and select Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object from the dropdown menu.
Repeat the step to rasterize the image by simple clicking on the “Layer” menu and select Rasterize > Smart Object. The next step begins by selecting the Polygonal Lasso Tool from the left toolbar. Once you’ve selected it, your cursor will change its icon. You can begin by clicking on the starting point of the object that you want to keep in the image. Trace the object carefully until you’ve reached the starting point.
After you’re finished with selecting the object, click “Select” from the upper menu and select Inverse. Now, you will see that the whole image background is selected. Simply click Delete on your keyboard and you have successfully removed the image background!
Using Magic Eraser Tool
The next method that you can use for removing image background is the Magic Eraser Tool. It’s actually much easier with this tool, though there are certain drawbacks from using it. Open your image file in Photoshop and immediately unlock the layer in the right panel. Don’t forget to duplicate the layer so you can start over if you make any mistake.
Now, it’s time for the Magic Eraser Tool. Select an eraser icon on the left toolbar and you’ll see three options, one of which is the Magic Eraser Tool. On the upper menu, you’ll see the adjustments for the Magic Eraser Tool. You can play with it to your liking, but as guidance, you can start by changing the Tolerance level 30, check the Anti-alias, and Opacity 100%.
Once it’s done, just click the cursor on the image background that you wish to remove. Like magic, your whole image background will disappear. Click the “Image” menu and select Trim. Pick the “Based On: Transparent Pixels” and select OK.
Using Quick Selection Tool
What if your object is not straight-edged and rather curvy? Say, you want to try removing the image background with a model in the image. Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool would take too much time. The best option for you is the Quick Selection Tool. Let’s repeat the first two steps from the Polygonal Lasso Tool (turn the image into a Smart Object and Rasterize it).
Afterwards, select the Quick Selection Tool on the left toolbar. You can click straight on the image background that you wish to remove. Adjust the Quick Selection Tool size to ensure that the tool selects all of your image background. If you see that the tool has selected an area that you don’t want to be removed, click the Subtract from Selection button on the upper menu and position your cursor on the inner part of the area that you want to keep. Once it’s done, just click Delete on your keyboard and your image will be ready for use.
See? Removing the image background is not as hard as many people think, although at first it will be tricky to seamlessly remove the image background. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll be done in no time. If you wish to remove image background for commercial use, then you need professional and experienced product image editing services from Dropicts.