How To Remove a Background In Photoshop [For Beginners!]

Learn this easy-to-follow method to remove a background from a photo in Photoshop!

This step-by-step Photoshop tutorial is geared for beginners. We will use the Select and Mask Workspace to remove the background from our sample image.

To follow along, you can download the image for this tutorial here.

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Follow these steps to remove a background in Photoshop!

  1. Enter the Select and Mask Workspace

    Go to Select > Select and Mask. This workspace will allow you to make all your selections.

  2. Select the Foreground

    Select the foreground by using either the Quick Selection Tool or the Select Subject button.

  3. Refine the Selection

    No matter how you create your selection you will need to fine-tune it. You can use the Quick Selection Tool, or the Brush Tool to add or subtract from the selection.

  4. Refine the Mask Edge

    After you fine-tune your selection, make sure that you have good selection edges. Go into the Global Refinement options and use the Smooth, Contrast, and Shift Edge slider to get a better mask edge.

  5. Output as a Layer Mask

    After you refine your selection, go to the “Output To” dropdown and select Layer Mask.

  6. Add a New Background

    At this point, the background from your image should be gone! The next step is to add a Solid Color background or bring in another image to use as a background.

If you would like to learn how to realistically place your foreground on a different background, make sure that you check out my compositing secrets tutorial!

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Carla Cafolla

thank you