How to Remove Backgrounds with Our Background Eraser Tool

How to Remove Backgrounds with Our Background Eraser Tool
May 11, 2019 Tanya Friedland

This next tool needs no introduction, but we’re feeling *awfully* generous today. You might know it as the hero of memedom, but around here we just call it a background eraser.

It’s like this: say you have a photo with a wonderful foreground, rife with creative possibilities, but the background just isn’t doing it. Or, there are lots of backgrounds that could also work. Or, you’re trying to create a very business-y business flyer to promote your business and you need your head and not your background featured prominently. This video will show you how to remove a background in no time using the free PicMonkey mobile app’s background eraser tool and how to remove a background on Skim the highlights below.

Remove your photo’s background on the PicMonkey mobile app

  1. Tap Edit a photo to start with your pic.
  2. Tap Edit then tap Cutout.
  3. Tap Smart to let PicMonkey intelligently detect the background.
  4. Swipe your finger over the part of your image you’d like to erase.
  5. Keep swiping until the background is gone.
  6. If you accidentally take off too much, tap Restore and swipe over the parts you want to keep.
  7. Tap the checkmark when you’re happy with your background erasing.
  8. Tap Save to save and share and keep it in Hub to use it as a graphic overlay.

There are several sweet features worth diving into in our Cutout tool:

erase backgrounds using our smart cutout background erase tool

The coolest one is arguably Smart which intelligently finds the outline of whatever items you want to keep in your image and makes the rest disappear. Adjust the size of your finger swipes by tapping the Size slider in the lower right-hand corner of your image.

erase backgrounds using our manual background eraser tool

Manual lets you choose exactly which part of your image you want to keep and which parts you want to ditch. To use it, just erase off what you don’t want with your finger.

erase background in different shapes using our background eraser tool

Shape lets you resize your image so that it fits within whatever shape you select. Once you pick a shape you can adjust its size and placement over your original image.

adjust the outline of your background erase by using the adjust background eraser tool

Adjust lets you fine-tune your choices by painting on and erasing back off different parts of your image. If you tap Edges, you can adjust how sharp or feathered the edges of your image look by moving the slider up or down.

another way to erase backgrounds is by using the invert background eraser tool

Invert let’s you swap the erased part for the non-erased part of your image and vice versa.

Reset wipes away all your changes and returns your image to its original glory.

Remove your photo’s background on

Watch the video or follow the quick steps below to get a similar look:

  1. Open your photo on
  2. From the Layers palette, click Convert to layer.
  3. Click your image layer and the Graphics palette will open up.
  4. Click Erase, adjust your eraser size, and start erasing the background away.
  5. Paint back parts you might have accidentally erased or click the Undo button in the bottom toolbar.
  6. If pic will automatically be saved to Hub, but if you choose to export it, make sure it’s a .PNG file.
  7. Open a new background image.
  8. Click the Add your own image button at the top of the Graphics panel, and add your image to it’s new background.

Add a new background to your image

get amazing results with your background erase using our background eraser tool

Cutout images make great graphics! Upcycle your image with these easy steps:

  1. Choose an image you want to use as your new background. If you don’t have an image in mind, try perusing some of these free stock photo sites.
  2. Tap Graphics on the PicMonkey mobile app or click Add your own image at the top of the Graphics panel on and pick the photo you erased either from the Hub or Photos.
  3. Play around with the image (adjust size, orientation) until it’s in its ideal spot.
  4. Ta-da! You did it.

Why stop with just one? Make a bunch more and get this meme rolling.

If you’re missing some of the amazing practical applications of this type of image, check out what we did with it below:

erase background and replace your image in multiple placing using our background eraser tool


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Tanya Friedland
Tanya is a copywriter at PicMonkey, a company that has greatly improved her life by allowing her to Zombify her friends and Santa-ify her enemies. A native Seattleite, she dreams of one day being a contestant on The Price Is Right.