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VIDEO: How to Use the Background Remover Tool

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

However, should too much of the background get removed, use the paintbrush tool in the Graphic palette to paint back on any areas that you didn't want to disappear. 

How to use Background Remover:

  1. Open an image in the editor. 

  2. Make sure your image is unlocked from the background by: opening the Layers panel on the right, the three stacked squares icon in the lower left of the editor. Hover over the padlock icon and click to unlock your image. Now your image is its own layer.

  3. Select your image layer by clicking it in the Layers panel or clicking it on the canvas.

  4. On the left tool tabs panel, click Remove background from the Image tools. Wait for your background to disappear.

  5. If you want to remove more of the background, click the "Erase" tab in the Image tools 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 Image panel to access the paintbrush tool.

What images work best with Background Remover?

  • JPG or PNG, 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.

  • 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

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