Remove the Background from an Image Online without Using Photoshop
How Can I Change or Delete the Background in a Photograph?
One of the most common ways people want to change a picture is by removing or editing the background. But Photoshop is expensive, and many online editors that are usually free, such as Pixlr, require you to pay a fee to use the features you need to edit the background of a photograph.
However, Remove Background From Image is one online software site that provides the tools you need to delete and replace the background of your image for free. If you haven't used the site before, here is a step-by-step guide for how to use it to change your background.
Photograph Before and After the Background Change Using Online Photo Editor
Here is the image used in this tutorial before and after the background change. The top photo is the original.
Step One: Open Online Photo Editor and Select "Photo Cutout"
In order to replace the background, you will want to cut out the part of the image you're going to keep. Click on the "Photo Cutout" tool symbol, which looks like a pair of scissors.
Step Two: Load Your Photo
Now click on the "Load" symbol, which looks like a manilla folder with a plus sign. Select the photo you want to edit.
Step Three: Mask the Image
Now, use the different brushes to mask the parts of the image you want to keep. A mask is a way of selecting which part of a photo you want to edit without actually deleting any information. The mask on this editor appears green—use the round and soft brushes in the size the image requires to carefully mask the parts of the photo you want to preserve. The not-masked (non-green) parts of the photo will become transparent. You can see live preview on the right side of the interface.
If you mistakenly mask a part of image, don't worry. The eraser option doesn't actually erase pixels; instead, it will help you remove parts of the mask until you have gotten it just right.
Step Four: Review Your Mask and Save
You can see a live preview of your mask on the right side of the interface. If you are not satisfied, use the brushes or eraser to further fine-tune the work.
When you are satisfied, click "Save," symbolized by a floppy disk in a blue circle, to load your masked image onto the main canvas.
Step Five: Reposition Your Cutout Photo
Your masked photo can now be moved, scaled, or rotated as you wish.
- To move the photo, click and drag anywhere within the bounding border of the image.
- To scale the photo proportionally, click and drag any of the corner handles. To stretch it vertically, click and drag the middle top or bottom handle; to stretch it horizontally, click and drag the middle left or right handle.
- To rotate the photo, click and drag the circle above the middle top handle in the direction you want the image to turn.
Step Six: Add the Background Photo
There are two ways to add a new background image:
- Click on the "Background" symbol, the picture of a setting sun. Click "Your Background" and select your desired new background. When you do so, you will be asked to crop the image to fit the canvas size. Click "Okay Crop It" when finished.
- This second way is more versatile, because you cannot reposition your background once it is set. Click on the "Photos" symbol, the camera in front of a picture of a palm tree. Once the picture appears, move, rotate, and resize it as necessary. Then click "Back," an orange square behind two gray squares.
Step Seven: Apply a Shadow (Optional)
Now this tutorial is complete, but I personally like to add some white shadow to the front image. It creates a glow, which mimics the effect created when you are outdoors in front of a sunny background.
To do this, click on the "Shadow" symbol, a glowing purple smiley face. The Apply Shadow dialog box has three sliders and a box at the bottom where you can input hex-code of the color you'd like to use. (If you don't know the hex-code of the color you'd like to use, you can use the color picker).
Move the sliders to adjust the position and size of the shadow, and type in the hex-code of the color you would like to use. In this image, I am using:
- Blur: 45
- OffsetX: 0
- OffsetY: 0
- Color: FFFFFF
Step Eight: Save the Image
Save the result by clicking on "Save" button (an arrow pointing to a hard drive). The save dialogue will present you with three options.
The first is "Save to Facebook." If you input your Facebook login and some permissions, you can upload the result directly to your Facebook account.
The second and third options are to save a low-quality jpeg or a high-quality png to your hard drive. After clicking on these options, you can download by right-clicking the image and selecting "Save Image As."
Final Image with New Background
This is the final result with new background. Congratulations, you have completed this tutorial on how to remove a boring background and replace it with a new, interesting background. If you want, Online Photo Editor will also allow you to add more effects, text, and hand-drawn lines. If the photo was taken in low lighting or needs color correction, the "Photo Effect" is particularly helpful.
Look at following video for visual tutorial
Good luck editing your photographs!