Is there an easy way to remove the white background from these images? Some of them have shadows so Wand Tool is not that precise.

example image with cutout background

Google Drive link to images: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2zBo690ggSdMWZYUzdqREVFNmM


You can use a mix of the magic wand tool and the pen tool if using Photoshop.

I would first adjust the image using levels adjustment. I would increase the white point and make the midpoints overall darker

levels adjustment

Now I would use the magic wand tool to get a basic selection.

selecting the suitcase.

I had to use the quick selection tool to deselect some areas (Mostly around the handles). You may want to mess with the refine mask tool.

I made that selection into a layer mask for the suitcase.

I would then go in closer with the pen tool to make a selection for the bottom of the suitcases.

  • Just a personal preference for quality but magic wand tool is very sloppy. Sorry, I have shivers down the spine whenever I see magic wand tool as a suggestion for cutout haha! Using a brush on a layer mask is always 100% perfect and you can add some fake anti-aliasing effect too to merge the white with the picture better. – go-junta Aug 26 '15 at 17:21
  • @go-me I could have suggested multiple of different ways. I was answering more of the "easiest" way rather than the "best" way of making a selection. – AndrewH Aug 26 '15 at 17:31
  • Yes it works too, and lot of people like to use the wand for the first selection and then adjust it in the layer mask, as I think you suggested too. – go-junta Aug 26 '15 at 17:42

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