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How to remove the background in Photoshop?

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Photoshop is one of the world’s most popular image manipulation programs and part of the Adobe Creative Suite. You can do anything from editing RAW camera images to changing a photo’s composition. And with the new AI tools coming to the latest version of Photoshop, changes can be made by typing prompts and letting the program take care of the rest. 

However, with a powerful program, it’s natural that beginners often get confused when carrying out basic operations. In this article, we’re talking about how you can remove the background from your photos in Photoshop.

Also read: How to change the DPI in Photoshop?

Removing backgrounds in Photoshop

Photoshop’s removal of backgrounds has become much simpler thanks to Adobe’s new selection tool. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Once Photoshop is open and the image you want to edit is loaded, use the Object Selection tool and draw a box around your subject. Give Photoshop a minute, and it should automatically detect and select your object.

Step 2: The next step is to refine this selection so the final result doesn’t have jagged edges. To do this, click the Select and Mask button at the top. 

Step 3: Once the Select and Mask menu opens up, you can use the Refine Edge Brush tool to make fine adjustments to the selected object’s edge. A simpler way to do this is to use the Global Refinements section and adjust the Smooth and Feather sliders to your liking. Click OK when you’re done. 

Step 4: To remove the background, click the Add layer mask button at the bottom of the Layers panel. 

Step 5: Finally, export your image by heading to File, followed by Export and then Quick Export as PNG. 

Export your image as PNG or any other file type that supports transparent backgrounds. You’ll get a white background if you export your image as a JPG.

Also read: How to use Photoshop on Chromebook?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: