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How to Remove the Background of an Image in Photoshop

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Removing the background of an image is a very challenging task. Most of the time, it becomes hard for normal people like us to remove the background of an image professionally. We often destroy the originality of the image. Some of you might say the free software works like magic but in reality, nothing is can be compared when you use pro editing tools like Photoshop.

Removing the background of an image by using Photoshop might seem an easy task but without knowing the correct steps it will be a hectic process. You might end up blundering the image. Today we are going to teach you how to remove the background of an image without making things a mess. Follow the steps of this tutorial and you can expect to remove the background just like a pro designer. Most importantly, you will learn lots of new features about the Photoshop software.

Understand the complexity

The first step is to identify the complexities of the editing task. If the image has too many colors in the background, isolating the subject will be a tough task. Most of the time, the eraser tool in the basic software works like charm when the background is green in color. But you are not going to get such an easy task. So, be prepared to work for an extended period for the time when you deal with a super complicated image. Those who are new to the editing task might find it hard to remove an easy background but this is normal. Develop the mindset and you will be able to remove the background of an image without going through complex mockup processing for the image. stress.

Dealing with the magic wand tool

If the severity of the editing task is normal, you can get the job done by using the magic wand tool. Photoshop has advanced to a great extent over the past years and it can deal with the super complicated task in a very easy way. Those who are having trouble to find the quick selection tool in the Photoshop tool bar can search near the magic wand tools. At times the quick selection tool is nested to the magic wand tool.

When you use the quick selection tool you need to be aware of the brush size. Zoom into the picture and use a smaller bush size so that you don’t remove any portion of the subject. Though it’s a little bit time-consuming process if you concentrate on the complex curve near the image object things will be easier. But never try to rush when it comes to removing the background from an image. Even the professional logo designers of DesignCrowd take special care when it comes to removing the background of the sophisticated surface.

Some might not have a clear idea about the sophisticated surface. When the subject color closely matches the background color it becomes harder to remove the background. In such a case, some of the professionals often use a manual process to remove the background without damaging the subject.

Manual way to remove the background

To remove the background manually you also need to use the selection tool. Select the specific region of the image which you want to remove by using the click and drag process. You notice a small dotted line surrounding the unwanted space of the image. However, you might select some important part of the subject but you can easily undo the selection by pressing the “Alt” key. Instead of selection, it will subject the selected region and give you the unique scope to rectify your mistake without spending much time.

This feature is very handy when you deal with the complicated image that requires special care due to wide range of color options. You can also alternate the process to fine-tune your selected region and easily remove the background by using this manual process. But make sure you select the brush size to 1 pixel and zoom into the picture so that you don’t have to accidentally remove a certain portion of the subject. Even if you do so, just use the undo features but for that, you must save the file frequently so that you don’t miss the whole process of removing the background.

Redefine the edges

After removing the background of an image with the Photoshop tool, at times, you need to redefine the edges. The professional always redefine the edges as it gives the image more maturity. At times they even add textures to the image to make it livelier. Unless you do so, the end product will not be to the high standard. But make you go for the redefine edge options after selecting the whole subject. It softens the sharp edges of the image and allows the editor to get a decent selection.

Final step

At the final step, you need to add a new layer to the image and toggle the source file with the edited image. By toggling the image, you will be able to find the unfinished area in which you need to manually select and subtract it from the subject. Some of you might find that you have removed a certain portion of the subject. Zoom into the image and use the heal tool to fix the image. Though this is a very simple process you need to do this process very carefully or else it will be very tough to get a quality end product.

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Tips for the newbie

If you are new to the use of the Photoshop software, it is highly recommended that you practice with some simple image before you start working on the main project. It won’t take much time to understand the selection tool and its features. Once you successfully remove the image, you will feel confident to deal with the main image. Removing the image is not all complex. You might be a little bit slower but there is nothing wrong it. Focus on the quality of the image so that you get a very good end product.

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