How to Remove Backgrounds with Our Background Eraser Tool

How to Remove Backgrounds with Our Background Eraser Tool
July 18, 2018 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 backgrounds in no time. Skim the highlights below.

Remove your photo’s background

  1. Start with your pic.
  2. From the Layers palette, click Convert to layer.
  3. Select your image layer and the Graphic palette will open up.
  4. Adjust your eraser size and remove the background.
  5. Paint back parts you might have accidentally erased or click the Undo button in the bottom toolbar.
  6. Export your image to your computer as a .PNG file.


Add your erased-out image to a new background

  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. Open up that picture by clicking Create and selecting the place where your photo is stored.
  3. Open your first image as an graphic by going into the Graphic tab and clicking “Add your own.”
  4. Play around with it (adjust size, orientation) until it’s in its ideal spot.

Create your own background

You can create your own background by opening a blank canvas in PicMonkey and adding one of our textures or playing around with graphics. (Or all three!) You can do this by clicking the Layers palette in the bottom toolbar and clicking the Flatten all layers button in the bottom left corner.

Why stop there? 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:



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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.