Automatic Background Remover, Plus Design Inspo!

PicMonkey Pro subscribers have unlimited access to one-click background removal! 

Removing a photo background is so easy: just open a photo, click Remove bkgnd on the Background Tools menu, and poof, it’s gone. Magic! No other photo editing and design platform lets you do automatic background erase as quickly and as thoroughly as we do. After your background is removed with one click (can’t get enough of that!), use the eraser or paintbrush tools to remove even more, or to paint back on any part of the erased background.

Read on for design inspiration, or go learn how to use the photo background remover for an extended tutorial on this magical feature.

If you want to remove the background from an individual image layer, select the layer from the Layers panel, or your canvas. The Image Tools menu will open on the left panel. Click Remove bkgnd and...

...wave goodbye to your background.

Layer your background-less photo in a collage, put it over another photo or a video, or keep it simple with a plain background. You do you!


Background Remover in the PicMonkey mobile app

Pro subscribers also get exclusive access to Background Remover in the PicMonkey mobile app (iOS only) so you can erase your pic's background on the go, directly from your phone's camera roll. Don't have the app? Download it now.


Here are some ideas for creating three popular styles of posts using our one-click automatic background remover.

Use background remover & outline for a snazzy YouTube thumbnail

Click this template to customize

If you’ve cruised YouTube lately, you’ve almost certainly seen this style of eye-catching, bold thumbnail design featuring cut-out images and outlined block letters. It’s super easy to make. We’ll show you how to create this look by combining the magic of background remover with the defining power of outline.

Quick steps for creating a YouTube thumbnail with background remover:

  1. Add an image to a YouTube thumbnail blank canvas and select it, click Remove Background.

  2. Keep the photo selected, go to Shadow & outline in the Image Tools menu, and click Outline.

  3. Add another image to layer underneath.

  4. Add text to your design, and repeat step 3 above to outline.

  5. Export directly to YouTube from the Share dropdown at the top of the window.


Create a “shop my picks” Instagram story

Browse all our beautiful Instagram story templates to start a design

If you’re advertising a sale at your retail shop or are a stylist with recommendations to share, this multi-image post is the answer. Including a bunch of items in a single design is so much more roomy sans those blocky, distracting backgrounds. Here’s how to make this stylin’ post in PicMonkey:

Quick steps for creating an Insta Story with background remover:

  1. Start with an Instagram Story template or blank canvas.

  2. Add an image of an item you want to feature.

  3. With the image selected, click Remove bkgnd on the Image Tools menu.

  4. From Shadow & Outline on Image Tools, add a drop shadow to the item if you wish. 

  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for each item you add to your story. 

  6. Arrange the images, text, and any graphics you add by selecting and moving in the Layers Panel.


Remove the background on product photos

Quickly remove the background of a product photo to create a white background

To create a white background for an image after removing its original background, simply go to the Background Tools menu, then choose white as the background color (or whatever color you desire).

Explore colors for your background with our guide to color where you can find hex color codes for hues like coral, periwinkle, emerald green, royal blue, and teal.

Note that downloading your image as a PNG will maintain a transparent background, but downloading as a JPG or PDF will automatically cause the background to be white.

Try using video as a background to your product to add an extra dose of eye-catching movement.

If you have an ecommerce store where you sell products that you’ve photographed, say handmade ceramics or vintage jewelry, PicMonkey's background remover is your new best friend. You can photograph your products and then give all of them a quick background changeup in PicMonkey.

Learn more: Product Photography Tips for Online Sellers

This is great for sites like Amazon that require the main product pic to have a white background, and even if you use a different online store, giving all your products a similar or same  background really helps you to look professional and consistent.

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Sarah Gonzales is the content marketing manager at PicMonkey. Before this she worked at Intiut, and before that started a non-profit, and before that had a radio show, and before that worked at Ms. magazine, and before that went to UC Berkeley, and before ALL of that grew up in Alaska.