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How to Remove the Background from a Photo


Whether you’re a professional photo editor not, it is very useful to know how to remove the background from an image. Whether you prefer working in Photoshop, Gimp, or online, here’s how to get started.


Without a doubt, Photoshop is the most popular image editor in the world. Its set of tools is staggering and it has been designed with ease of use in mind. As such, something as basic as removing the background from a photo is a piece of cake.

If the background of a photo that you want to work on is a solid or close-to-solid color, Photoshop is your best option. After opening the photo in question in Photoshop, Go to Layers in the right part of your Photoshop window. Your image most probably only has one layer, likely called “Background”. Now, right-click this layer and choose Layer from background from the drop-down menu. In the New Layer pop-up window, don’t change any options and click OK.