How to Remove the Background from a Photo:

A Definitive Step-by-step Guide to Perfect Background Scenes

Meet the Enemy: Poor Backgrounds

Often, when we take a photo, we don't think for too long about how we intend to use the picture in the future. We just see a perfect shot and take it, that's it. But sometimes, a portrait made in a hurry turns out to be completely inappropriate for a certain application. A photo for a family album is surely fine as it is, but, for example, a job application resume has stricter requirements to what a portrait should look like.

One of the most common things that can spoil a photo is an improper background. Inappropriate backdrops, casual objects or people, or just a background that doesn't look presentable – all of these are unacceptable for a serious portrait photograph. So, how do you remove the background from a photo?

Step 1: Get PhotoScissors for Windows & Mac

When you hear "photo retouching", software like PhotoShop, LightRoom and other professional and, to be honest, very hard to understand or work with solutions come to mind. Surely, if you already know how to remove a background from a picture using such products, you don’t need any step-by-step guides. But what if you are like the other 90% of computer users? Should you start learning complex graphics editors, mastering Magic Wand tools and messing with color masks?

Things have become much simpler since PhotoScissors was released. This tool acts like literal scissors, cutting out unnecessary parts of the image, and is almost as easy to work with. So, here is your first step: download PhotoScissors for Windows & Mac.

Step 2: Open the photo you want to edit

When you open the image, PhotoScissors automatically removes the background from your photo. The result is displayed immediately in the right window. Here is how it looks:

Cut out background from image

Step 3: Refining the Cutout Area

PhotoScissors uses deep neural networks and we are continuously working to make it better and better, but if it incorrectly detects the foreground, you may need to refine the selection with a more precise marker.

In this case, simply set the size of the marker to a lower value and add some more accurate strokes to add some area to the foreground, or erase part of it.

Note: ensure you stay within the lines of the object you want to cut out. If you mark an area outside of the foreground with a green marker, part of the background can be cut out as well.

Enjoy the Result!

PhotoScissors applies the results instantly. This means, as soon as you are satisfied with the final result, you can immediately save it as a PNG (transparency supported) or JPEG (no transparency) image. Other picture formats are also supported.

With PhotoScissors, in literally 2 seconds, you can remove the background from your photos.