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Background removal techniques and its benefits

Background removal techniques

Are you keen on learning photo background removal techniques? Have a look at the benefits of background removal and the various methods you can use.

A small change in the background is all that is required to give your photos a fresh appeal.

Background removal is among the popular image editing techniques for creating impactful images. The process modifies a photo’s background by removing it or replacing it with a better image.

However, background removal can be time-consuming and may not be easy for beginners. Here we have simplified background removal for you. Once you finish reading this guide you will be able to do product background removal by yourself and produce amazing results.

Before we explore the background techniques let’s understand its benefits.

Why do we need background removal for images?

The background of a photo is decisive in increasing the aesthetic value of the image. Unwanted elements in the background can distract the audience from the subject. You can remove such elements for clean images and retain the viewer’s attention on the subject of the photo.

Modifying the background also transforms the look of the image. By replacing the existing background with attractive ones, you can make the image eye catch and increase the clicks and conversions.

Branding is another aspect that background removal supports. Companies can use the same background image throughout their marketing campaigns and create a consistent brand image.

Popular background removal techniques you should master

With several tools and techniques available for background removal, many beginners get confused about where to start.

Here we mention the common techniques that can give mind-blowing results.

  • Image clipping path – This technique is recommended if the subject of the image has sharp or straight edges. Photoshop provides the Pen Tool to draw the clipping path around the subject. You can zoom the image to get a close picture of the subject and highlight the edges. Ensure that the subject is completely inside the path. All elements that fall outside the path will be eliminated.
  • Image cut-out – The technique is self-explanatory. Here you cut the subject and remove the background. To give a professional look you can insert a white background or even try branding with appealing images.
  • Image masking – If the product in the image has fur, frills, or fine edges you will find it difficult to clip it. In such situations, you can use image masking techniques such as alpha channel masking, complex layer masking, transparency masking, translucent image masking, or collage masking. There are various Photoshop background removal tools like Pen Tablet, Magic Eraser Tool, and Background Eraser Tool to help you in the process.
  • Erasing the background – This is an easy technique and suitable for beginners. Using the Background Eraser tool in Photoshop you can erase the background pixels. However, the tool removes the only plain color background. If you have complicated backgrounds this might not be a good choice. Along with this, the tool could also leave stray pixels in your images.

Background removal can create stunning images. However, there is no one-size-fits-all technique for background removal. You will need to learn multiple methods and apply them according to the nature of the image you are handling. For complex images, you would need the help of experts to get the right finish.

Partner with the best in the industry. SBL has proven expertise in editing highly complex images using the latest tools and techniques. We have handled product background removal for a number of leading E-commerce sites and also helped clients from diverse domains to develop compelling images for their websites. We can handle bulk volume or single orders and deliver them in the shortest time.

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