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Edit & Remove Image Backgrounds In One Click

By Whitney | Advanced Photo Editing Effects Showcase Photo Editor Tutorials

Ever wish you could erase the background of your photo with a click? Good news for you then: BeFunky’s Background Remover makes that (and more!) totally possible! Built entirely by our in-house team, the Background Remover uses A.I. to automatically detect the main subject in your image and remove the background behind it. And since this amazing technology is integrated with so many of BeFunky’s other photo editing tools and effects, it makes selective photo editing a breeze too. We’ll show you how it works, plus a few of our favorite ways to get creative with this groundbreaking feature. 

One-Click Background Remover Tutorial

First, let’s learn some background removal magic. Click Here to head directly to BeFunky’s Background Remover.

Step 1: Upload a Photo

Click the Open tab at the top of the page to upload a photo. Images with a clearly defined subject work best.

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Step 2: Find the Cutout Tool

If you're not already there, the Cutout tool can be found in the Edit tab on the left. It has everything you need to cut out objects from your photo and remove backgrounds with ease. 

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Step 3: Remove the Background

Click the Remove Background button. The Background Remover will then aim to detect the main subject in your photo and erase the background behind it. 

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You’ll see a preview of your image with the background removed. If it looks perfect, click the Apply button. If your image could still use more erasing, click Apply and then use the Cutout tool brushes to continue removing the background manually. 

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Step 4: Choose a Background Color or Keep It Transparent

Any removed area of your image will look like a checkerboard, which means it’s transparent. If you wish to replace the background with a solid color, click the box next to Background Color in the Cutout tool menu and select a new hue. To keep it transparent, make sure that the No Color option is selected. 

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When your background has been removed and replaced to your liking, click Apply in the Cutout tool menu. This will bring up a Cutout Options menu for you to make a few more selections. Choose Trim Transparency if you want to trim any excess areas that have been removed around your subject. Choose Export as Layer if you want to make this cutout a brand new layer that will be additionally saved to the Image Manager

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After selecting your Cutout options, click Apply. 

Step 5: Save Your Image as a PNG

Now that you’ve successfully removed the background with BeFunky’s Background Remover, you can continue editing as much as you’d like. When you’re ready to save, click the Save button at the top of the page. 

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You’ll be presented with many different formats for saving your work. To keep the background transparent, it’s important to choose the Computer option and select PNG format. Other formats will end up saving the background as plain white instead of transparent. 

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Background Remover Results

And voila – removing photo backgrounds has never been this easy! 

Keep in mind that BeFunky’s automatic Background Remover works best on photography that has a clearly defined subject for the A.I. to detect, but if your image needs a little more work there are plenty of Cutout tools to help you remove the rest of the background with ease. 

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Background Remover Inspiration 

Whether you need to erase or replace your image background, the Background Remover is going to be your new go-to. Here are a few more creative ways to use it: 

Create Transparent Backgrounds 

A transparent background is essential if you’re wanting to create cohesive product photography, website graphics, and logos that stand out on any color background.

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No matter what kind of photography you’re working with, our Background Remover works to detect the main subject in your image and erase the background behind it, all in a click.

Create Solid-Colored Backgrounds

In some cases, adding a solid-colored background is the best way to make your main subject pop, especially when it comes to portraits and product photography.

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With our Background Remover, you have your choice of any background color imaginable – even the ability to match a color in your image. After removing the background in the Cutout tool, simply select the Background Color menu and replace the transparent background with a new hue. 

Replace Backgrounds With New Scenes

One of the great things about our Background Remover is that it’s available to use on image layers! This makes it easy to find the perfect background, add an image layer on top, then remove the background of the image layer to place your subject in a new scene. Perfect for creating memes and realistic-looking photo manipulations.

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Remove Backgrounds in Seconds

Feeling inspired yet? As you can see, it's easy to remove the background of any photo while maintaining your subject's shape. Try out the Background Remover for yourself!

Remove Backgrounds With Ease.

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