How to Use the Background Remover Tool

How to Use the Background Remover Tool
October 30, 2019 Sarah Gonzales

PicMonkey Pro subscribers have access to the new Background Remover tool. With one click it will remove the background of a photo. Users do not need to highlight sections they want to keep or want to remove because the tool is intuitive and will automatically remove the detected background.

However, should too much of the background get erased, use the paintbrush tool in the Graphics palette to paint back on any areas that you didn’t want erased.

How to use Background Erase:

  1. Open an image in the editor.
  2. Be sure your image is its own layer before using background erase. (Use the Layers palette, the three stacked squares icon in the lower left of the editor. Select “Convert to layer” and then select the photo layer).
  3. When the photo layer is selected, the Graphics palette will launch.
  4. On the Graphics palette, click “Background erase”. In a few seconds the background will be gone.
  5. If you want to remove more of the background, click the “Erase” tab in the Graphics palette to access the manual eraser tool.
  6. If you want to paint back on some of the removed background, click the “Erase” tab in the Graphics palette to access the paintbrush tool.

(See: Using the Erase Tool on Graphics & Text)

If you are adding an image onto your canvas as a layer, then start with step 3 above.

What images work best with Background Erase?

  • JPG or PNG files of less than 12 MB.
  • Photos with a clear subject in the foreground will work the best. Think: photos of people, animals, products, houses, cars, etc. close to the camera.
  • Images with good contrast between background and foreground.
  • Plain backgrounds are better than busy backgrounds.
  • Images with 1 or a small handful of people work better than images of large groups of people.
  • Images where the subject is cut off in the middle of the frame (behind a desk, for instance) will look odd with the background removed, but images where the subject is cut off at the edge of the frame will look fine.
Sarah Gonzales
Sarah Gonzales is a Senior Copywriter at PicMonkey. Over time she’s evolved from a cat to a dog person, a Diet Coke to a La Croix person, and a heels to a flats person. However, she will forever remain loyal to the LA Dodgers, coffee, and Mac products. She’s still deciding if she’s a city or a country person having sampled both after living in Alaska, Los Angeles, San Francisco, (Alaska again), and now Seattle.