Although a photo without a background seems like a weird idea, there are instances when you really need one. You could need a product card for your online store, a distraction-less image for your CV or LinkedIn page or just a basis for some elaborate photomontage.
Whatever the reason is, you need a reliable tool for the job. After all, making the background transparent seems like a lot of work. In this article, we’ll have a look at a handful of programs that will help you with your task. Hopefully, our short list will help you pick the perfect tool. Let’s delve right in.
PhotoWorks is a relatively new photo editor on the market that, however, already has its fair share of enthusiasts. There are several distinct reasons for that. First off, the software manages to combine a rich toolkit with a surprisingly easy workflow. What’s more, PhotoWorks has an advanced AI under the hood that allows for efficient automatic correction and retouching. Let’s see how you can use PhotoWorks to make a picture with a transparent background.
Once you open your image within the software, switch to the Tools tab and pick the Change Background tool. This tool runs on the mentioned AI, so it won’t take you long to separate the background from the object. To do so, first, use the green brush to mark the object of the photo. Then, use the red brush to mark all the rest you want to see gone. You don’t have to be too precise - a few broad strokes will do the trick. The software will swiftly analyze your selection and automatically separate the object from the background. Make sure to fix any missteps that might have been made during the selection. Finally, once you are happy with how your edited photo looks, click Save with Transparent Background and make sure to go with the PNG format to preserve transparency. And this is it.
Thanks to the program’s smart AI, it barely took us a minute to create a photo with a transparent background. This is what PhotoWorks is all about - efficiency coupled with simplicity.
Photoshop is one of those rare software that needs no introduction. King of the hill when it comes to photo editing, this program is as famously efficient as it is notoriously complex and confusing. Let’s try and give your photo a transparent background with it.
First, open your image with Photoshop and pick the Quick Selection tool. Left-click on the object you want to keep intact and the program will select it. You might have trouble getting a clean selection if the edges of the object are blurred. In this case, consider freehanding the selection using the Lasso tool. Photoshop gives you enough instruments to correct the selection in case you missed a chunk or two. Then, once the selection is done, open the context menu and hit Select Inverse. This way you’ll have the background selected rather than the object. The only thing you’ll need to do is to press delete to get rid of the selected background.
This method is a bit more complicated due to Photoshop’s confusing workflow and cluttered interface. But it will help you get the job done, provided you have enough time for it.
In case you have no time, desire, or opportunity to install new software to your computer, but you still need that photo with a transparent background, then give Remove.bg a chance. This is a web-based service that does exactly what its name suggests. Let’s have a look at how to employ this cloud background remover.
Go to the Remove.bg site and upload your image. Then, just wait a few moments while the service detects the background and the object and separates them two. If you are not quite happy with the result, click Edit to clean the selection to either restore lost parts or get rid of remaining chunks. Finally, save your picture with a transparent background as a PNG.
While this service is truly quick and easy, you still need a stable Internet connection to use it. Besides, there is also the problem of potential privacy breach - after all, you’ll be uploading your personal images to an unfamiliar site.
And this is it - you are now familiar with three tools that will help create a picture you need. In case you need more options, make sure to learn how to give an image a transparent background with a bunch of other programs. But whatever tool you choose, we are sure you’ll eventually end up with a picture with a perfectly removed backdrop.