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Our Improved Cutout Tool & Magic Brush

By Whitney | Advanced Photo Editing Photo Editor Tutorials What’s New

The Cutout tool in our Photo Editor is a go-to anytime you want to cut out objects from a photo and place them on a new background, or create transparent backgrounds around objects in an image. Since we’re always striving to make photo editing as simple as possible, we’ve added some groundbreaking NEW features to our Cutout tool that will blow your mind! We’re talking an AI-powered Background Remover that erases backgrounds in a single click, a Magic Brush that helps you cut around objects like never before, and even the ability to use the Cutout tool on image layers. This feature-packed tool now has everything you need to create flawless transparent backgrounds and isolate objects the way you want!

Erase Backgrounds in One Click 

The shiny new Remove Background button in our Cutout tool does just what it sounds like: erases the background in a single click! Built entirely by our in-house team, this AI-powered Background Remover works by detecting the subject in your image and removing the background around it. It’s the quickest way to create a transparent background (or a solid-colored one!) for your products, portraits, pet photos, and any images with a defined subject.

This video shows just how quickly the Background Remover works in real time

Amazing, right? Like we mentioned before, the Background Remover works best on images that have a defined subject for the AI to detect and cut around, so keep that in mind when clicking the Remove Background button. Whether you want to create a pristine white background for your product photography, a transparent background for your portrait, or need to remove the background behind any kind of subject in your image, this Background Remover is going to be your new go-to!

Cut Out Objects Like Magic

Our Cutout tool offers a variety of brushes to help you cut out objects in your photos. The most intuitive brush of all (and first in the lineup) is our Magic Brush. It works by removing the background color of wherever you click and drag, leaving non-similar colors alone. Perfect for quickly cutting out objects that differ in color from the background they’re photographed on, whether it’s a solid colored background or a busy background!

Watch this quick video to see Magic Brush in action and be as blown away as we are:

As you can see, wherever you place the Magic Brush target, it will remove that particular color as you click and drag. It works best on images that have a different colored background (even if that difference is slight!) than the objects you wish to cut out. It’s amazingly accurate and intuitive, and it’s about to be a game changer for your Cutout tool sessions!

Easily Cut Out Image Layers

In addition to using the Cutout tool on your images, it’s also available to use on any image layer! Whether you’re in the Photo Editor or Graphic Designer, you now have quick access to every Cutout tool feature any time you click on an image layer! Instead of having to use the Cutout tool on a photo-by-photo basis, simply click the Cutout option in the Image Properties menu to bring the Cutout tool right to your image layer - all without leaving the rest of your project behind. 

Here’s a quick video to show you how efficient it is:

We’ll show you the ropes below, whether you want to remove the background of an image or erase part of an image layer:

We’ll show you the ropes of everything below, whether you want to remove the background of an image or erase part of an image layer.

How to Erase Image Backgrounds with the Background Remover 

The Background Remover in the Cutout tool could not be easier. Simply upload your image into BeFunky’s Photo Editor and select the Cutout tool from the Edit menu on the left.

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Once there, click the Remove Background button.  

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A preview of your image with the background removed will appear. If all looks good, click Ok

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From here, you can keep the background transparent, choose a new Background Color to give your image a solid-colored background, or continue detailing your image with the Cutout tool brushes if need be. 

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Once you’re finished, click the blue checkmark to apply the Background Remover. 

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If you’ve opted for a transparent background, be sure to save your image as a .PNG to keep the background transparent instead of checkered. 

How to Cut Out Objects with the Magic Brush

Before we talk about how efficient the Magic Brush is for cutting out objects, let’s talk about all of the brush tool selections in the Cutout tool. Each brush tool serves a different function for cutting out objects and backgrounds in your photos, and you can see them in action in the video below:

As you can see, Magic Brush will erase the areas of your image that are alike in color to wherever the cross in the middle of your brush paints over. Lasso removes areas that you draw around in freeform mode. Polygonal Lasso uses a series of lines that you connect to remove areas. Like the names imply, Circular allows you to cut out circular areas of your image while Rectangular lets you cut out rectangular areas. And finally, Erase allows you to paint over any area of your image to create transparency.

Cutout tool by BeFunky

Be sure to play around with the different tool options to see what works best for you and the object you’re trying to isolate. For this tutorial, we’re going to use a combination of Cutout tools to create the perfect transparent background for this photo. First, if there’s a lot of dead space in your image that you’d like to turn transparent, click on the Rectangular tool and make sure the Keep button is pressed. Create a rectangle around your object and watch as most of the background turns transparent.

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Pro Tip: If you’ve accidentally erased part of the image you wanted to keep and kept parts of the image that you wanted to erase, click the Invert button at the top of the Cutout tool menu to swap those areas. You can also use the Reset button to start completely over.

Next, click the Remove button and choose the best tool for erasing the rest of the areas around your object. We’ve gone with Magic Brush since this is a) an oddly shaped object and b) differs in color from the background imagery. After adjusting the Tolerance and the Brush Size, click and drag with your mouse over the areas around your object.

Magic Brush by BeFunky

Increasing the Tolerance slider will include more of the color spectrum in your cutout selection, while less Tolerance will give you more grace when it comes to cutting out your object. With that in mind, any areas that come in contact with the cross in the center of your target will be erased, as well as the like colors within the target.

If you accidentally erase part of your object, you can easily fix it! Just click the Keep button and use any of the brushes to add it back in. You can also click the Undo button in the bottom menu to undo your action. 

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Once your object is lined with transparency, you can continue erasing the background of the image (just be sure to click the Remove button!). In this case, we've clicked on the Paint tool to quickly paint transparency over the surrounding areas of the object. 

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To make sure you’ve erased all of the areas you wanted to, click the Show Mask button at the top of the Cutout tool menu. The areas that haven’t been erased will be masked in red, revealing any missed areas, so you can ensure everything looks perfect.

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When you’re finished using the Cutout tool, click Apply (the blue checkmark) and a Cutout Options menu will appear. In the menu, you’re able to select Trim Transparency if you’d like to crop out any dead transparent space around your object. When you check and uncheck this box, a preview will be shown on the left. Checking the Export As Layer box will add a copy of your cutout selection to the Image Manager tab, and will automatically add your cutout selection as a layer on top of your original image.

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Keeping the Export As Layer box unchecked will alter the original image on the canvas without adding a copy to the Image Manager. If you want a copy of it in the Image Manager, you can always right click the image on the canvas and select Save To Image Manager. This way, you can add it as an image layer onto another image, design, or collage. 

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If you’re ready to save the image, click the Save button at the top of the page to save your photo to your Computer, Dropbox, and more - just be sure to select the .PNG option to ensure the background remains transparent!

How to Use the Cutout Tool on Image Layers

In addition to using the Cutout tool as a standalone feature, we’ve also added the ability to use it on image layers! That means you can add an image layer to a background photo or graphic design, then erase part of the layer with ease. We’ll show you how to use it in the Photo Editor, but the process is the same in the Graphic Designer as well.  

Upload an image into the Photo Editor to use as your background, then click on the Image Manager tab in the left side menu (the top icon). Once there, upload the image you want to use as a layer on top of your background image. You can use the Computer button to upload images from your Computer, click the “...” button to access images on your Facebook page or BeFunky account, or click the Search Stock Images button to search over a million free stock photos to use as layers. 

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When your images are uploaded to the Image Manager, they’ll appear as thumbnails in the Image Manager tab. Add them as a layer onto your background image by clicking on the thumbnail and selecting Add As Layer from the menu that appears.

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When your image layer has been added, select Cutout from the Image Properties menu that appears.

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A Cutout toolbar will appear to help you erase the areas of the image layer that you want. If you want to cut out your image layer with a brush, choose your desired brush and make sure the Remove button is selected. After adjusting brush options like Brush Size and Tolerance, use your mouse to paint around your subject and remove the background.

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Alternatively, you can use the Remove Background button to let our Background Remover automatically detect the subject in your image and remove the background in one click. 

automatic background remover by BeFunky

If you need to paint in additional details (in this case, we wanted to keep the shadows to make this image layer look more realistic), simply use the Keep and Remove buttons with the brush settings to continue editing. Keep in mind that you can use the Zoom bar at the bottom of the Photo Editor to zoom into your image layer and ensure your cutout is precise. If you want to move around the image layer when you’re zoomed in, just hold the Spacebar down while you click and drag to move around the layer and resume your cutout session when the Spacebar is released.

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When you’re finished using the Cutout tool on your image layer, click the blue checkmark to apply your edits. A Cutout Options menu will appear, allowing you to Trim Transparency (crop out any extra transparent areas around your cutout) and Export As Layer (create a new layer with your cutout selection, keeping the original image layer intact). Keep the Export As Layer box unchecked if you want to alter the original image layer.

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From here, you can use the blue circles around your cutout selection to resize it and drag it around the background image to reposition it. When you’re satisfied with the placement, click the Flatten Layers button at the bottom of the Photo Editor to make it officially part of the background image. Once you click Flatten Layers, it will no longer be moveable (unless you click the Undo button and un-flatten the layer).

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With your layer flattened, all that’s left to do is either continue the photo editing process or click the Save button at the top of the Photo Editor to save your final image.

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Whether you want to create transparent backgrounds, solid colored backgrounds, or erase portions of your image layers, the Cutout tool is going to be your new go-to!

Ready to get started with the Cutout tool? We bet you are! Click the link below to get started:

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