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The 3 Best Tools To Remove Backgrounds In Photos

By Whitney DePaoli | Advanced Photo EditingPhoto Editor Tutorials

Whether you need to remove the background of a photo to replace it, or simply create a pristine white background for uploading to the web, BeFunky’s Photo Editor is home to three powerful tools to help you make it happen. No background is too complicated to remove - simply choose the areas of the photo you’d like to make transparent and our photo editing tools will take care of the rest.

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Here are the best tools for the job, plus instructions on how to remove photo backgrounds with them:

3 Best Tools For Creating Transparent Backgrounds

The Cutout Tool

The Cutout tool is perfect for cutting objects out of your photo, removing the background entirely. It’s the most ideal option for erasing busy photo backgrounds and isolating objects, with plenty of incredible brush options to choose from.

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After selecting the Cutout tool from the Edit menu, you’ll need to first determine which brush to use for easily cutting out your object. If your object is irregularly shaped, choose the Magic Brush, Lasso, or Paint options. If your object is geometrically shaped, choose either the Polygonal Lasso, Circular, or Rectangular options. For this tutorial, we’re going with Magic Brush since it’s ideal for removing most backgrounds, even if they’re complicated.

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After clicking the best Cutout tool option, make sure the Remove button is selected and carefully use your mouse to cut out the object. Be sure to play with the different slider options like Brush Size and Tolerance to ensure precise cutting. For example, with Magic Brush, more Tolerance will include more of the colors you paint over in the removal process, so if your object is similar in color to the background, be sure to keep the Tolerance lower.

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Once you’re finished outlining the object with transparency, either paint over the rest of the background with Magic Brush or use another brush (Paint works really well for this part) to paint the transparency around the object.

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When you’re finished, creating your transparent background, click the blue checkmark to apply the edit. A Cutout Options menu will appear, allowing you to Trim Transparency (crop out some of the extra transparent areas) and Export As Layer (add a copy of your cutout selection to the Image Manager for adding to other photo backgrounds, plus add the cutout selection as a layer on top of your original photo). To keep the background transparent, keep the Export As Layer button unchecked.

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When you go to save your image using the Save button at the top of the Photo Editor, you’ll want to choose the .PNG option to keep all the checkered areas of your photo transparent.

The Background Tool

Just like the name implies, the Background tool is perfect for editing the background of your photo. 

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After clicking on the Background tool, you’ll see that your entire photo is transformed into a transparent (checkered) background. Don’t be alarmed, we’ll show you how to use it in Paint Mode to erase only the areas of the image you want.

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With the Transparent box still checked, click the Paint tab (next to adjust). Click the Inverse icon (the two overlapping squares) and you’ll see your original image. Then, after adjusting the Brush Size and Brush Hardness, use your mouse to paint over the background of the photo wherever you’d like it to be transparent.

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A few tips for using this tool: 1) the Brush Hardness refers to how sharp or soft the edges of your brush are. Decrease the Brush Hardness to paint with softer edges, or keep it turned all the way up for painting with sharp edges. 2) Use the Zoom bar at the bottom of the screen to zoom into your photo for precision. And 3) While you’re Zoomed into your image and actively painting with the Background tool, hold down the Spacebar and click-and-drag the image to move around it. When you release the Spacebar, you can continue painting with the Background tool.

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When you’re finished painting on your transparent background, click the blue checkmark to apply the edits.

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Keep in mind that when you save your image, you’ll want to choose the .PNG option in the Save menu to keep that photo background perfectly transparent!

The Replace Color Tool

Perfect for solid colored backgrounds, the Replace Color tool will replace the background color in your image with a transparent background, all in a few clicks! 

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After selecting it from the Edit menu, click the tile next to Source Color. In the Source Color menu that appears, click the Eyedropper tool and use it to select the background color on your photo. You’ll see that everything in that color range turns transparent.

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If too much of the image has become transparent, fear not! First, try turning down the Tolerance slider until only the background is transparent.

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If that still leaves areas that are too transparent or not transparent enough, adjust the Tolerance slider so that the entire background is transparent. Then, click the Paint tab (next to Adjust) in the Replace Color menu. After adjusting the Brush Size and Brush Hardness, use your mouse to paint over the areas where you want to remove transparency.

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When your photo background is looking perfectly transparent, click the blue checkmark to apply the edits. Then, when you’re ready to save your image, click the Save button at the top of the Photo Editor, choose a destination, and be sure to select the .PNG option to keep that background transparent.

And there you have it - three easy-to-use photo editing tools for erasing backgrounds in your images! Whatever your photo background looks like, BeFunky’s Photo Editor makes it easy to transform it into a perfectly transparent background.

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