How to Remove the Background of a Picture in Photoshop

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How to Remove the Background of a Picture in Photoshop

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There are a number of methods you can use to remove the background in Photoshop, though some are easier than others. The majority of them focus on selecting the background, because once you've selected it, deleting it is easy. Once you've made your selection, press the Delete key to remove the background . Mcafee.com/activate - Find the easy way to download, install and activate McAfee Antivirus, type the 25-digit product key at www.mcafee.com/activate. Protect your PC from virus, spam, spyware, and malware. McAfee provides the latest antivirus software, spyware removal and internet security for your home or home office .

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USE THE MAGIC WAND This tool works best in images where the background is clear and heavily contrasts with the foreground. It works even better if there are no transparencies or complicated edges, such as frizzy hair. It's the fourth-tool from the top in the tools Window. Use it to select the background of your image (hold Shift and continue to select additional elements if required).

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USE THE LASSO If your background is a little more complex, the Lasso tool gives you a lot of control over how to select it. The standard Lasso lets you free draw your selection; Polygonal Lasso lets you draw straight lines around your selection, while the Magnetic Lasso will try to stick to the edges of an element in the image. Press and hold over the Lasso (third from the top in the Tools menu) to choose which one to use.

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USE A QUICK MASK The Quick Mask tool is a more hands-on and nuanced way of selecting an element of an image. It's the second tool from the bottom of the Tools bar, just below the twin color selections and looks like a greyscale EU flag.

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Select the Quick Mask tool, then select the Brush tool from the Tools menu. It's eighth from the top and looks like a paint brush. Using careful brush strokes, paint everything you want to select and it will turn red. You can also select the Erase tool and use it to fine tune your selection. When you're finished, select the Quick Mask tool again to see your selection. Feel free to jump between both modes to finalize your selection as many times as you like. Steps for using this tool:

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USE CHANNELS

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1.Select Windows > Channel to open the Channels panel. 2.Select each channel individually and look for the channel with the greatest contrast between the foreground and background. 3.Press Ctrl (or CMD) and select the copied channel's thumbnail to select it. Invert your selection by pressing Ctrl (or CMD)+ Shift+I . 4.Then, in select Windows > Layers > Add Layer Mask. It's the option third from the left in the bottom menu row. Steps for using this tool:

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