Almost any picture could look more beautiful if it did not have unwanted elements in it. If avoiding imperfections while photographing becomes difficult, doing an edit can afterward get you much the same results. Background removal is one such editing technique, where unnecessary objects in the background, or maybe even the entire background, are removed. There are many tools such as Adobe Photoshop, which can be used to efficiently perform edits. However, not everybody is into editing, and many want their photographed picture looking professional and flawless, which is why it is a good idea to rely on photo editing companies that provide professional background removal service.
Photoshop Elements is a beginner-friendly tool that you can try by yourselves for background removal. To make edits using this tool, you can follow the steps below that detail background removal from an image. Mainly two sections are discussed here: one for removing a simple background and the other for removing complex backgrounds.
For Removing Simple Backgrounds
The following are the steps used to remove solid color backgrounds.
- Open the required image in Photoshop Elements and navigate to the Layers windows located on the screen’s right side. Right click on Layer and choose Layer from background.
- After the New Layer window opens, click Ok without changing the presets. Now, when the background changes into Layer 0, you can start performing your edit.
- Go to the Eraser Tool menu, click and hold on the icon, and select the Magic Eraser
- After that, adjust the settings in the menu bar by adjusting Tolerance from 20 to 30, checking the Anti-Alias box, checking the Contiguous box, and setting the Opacity to 100%.
- Click on the color that needs to removed using the Magic Eraser. This will make the background transparent. Note that for gradient backgrounds, the tolerance level may affect colors which are removed.
- Zoom in to remove any solid background colors that have been left out.
- When you are pleased with the way the image has turned out, you can use the Lasso Tool to draw a rough outline around it. For this, press Ctrl+Shift+J and create New Layer Via Cut. This will open a new layer where your object is placed. After this, you can delete Layer 0.
- Having performed all the above steps, you can now save your image. The resulting image can be overlaid onto another image if necessary.
For Removing Complex Backgrounds
The following are the steps used to remove complex backgrounds.
- Open the image you need to edit in Photoshop Elements.
- Click and hold on the Eraser icon, and choose the Background Eraser Tool that appeared on the menu.
- Go to the toolbar and click the arrow-shaped icon that is right next to brush shape. Then, set the Diameter according to the size you will need for your picture, and set the Hardness as 100%, so that the brush’s edges also erase as much as its center does.
- Set the Limits to Contiguous; this will remove the color you select only inside the circle, thereby leaving your main object untouched.
- In case there are spots of the image that have a background within the object, you can select the Discontiguous option for removing the background in these areas.
- A high tolerance value can erase a wide range of colors, while low tolerance value removes similar colors only. Hence, you need to set the Tolerance between 20 and 30.
- Now, you can see a circle having small crosshairs in its center. These crosshairs are actually hotspots that can delete the color if it appears inside this brush. In addition, these can also extract the colors at the edges of any foreground object, to make the color halos invisible when the object is pasted in any other image.
- You can now drag the circle and start erasing the unwanted parts without disturbing the subject.
- On erasing, you will notice a checkerboard pattern that appears in the erased areas. This pattern represents transparency.
- In some regions, you will have to change the brush size so that you do not erase the important elements in the picture. Hence, choose the brush size according to what you need.
- When you get a finely outlined subject, you can now use the standard eraser to make broad strokes for removing the remaining background.
- Softening the edges of the object can make it blend well with any background you place it in. For smudging, you can select the Smudge Tool and set it at 20%, then drag the tool around the subject’s end for softening its edges.
Although doing edits using this tool is easy, you can opt for a background removal service if the picture you need to edit is of critical nature. Professional editors always have more advanced and efficient tools for doing all kinds of edits. Note that trying to get a flawless picture by doing the edit yourself would be not as effective as when you get the same work done by professional editors.