Questions tagged [background-removal]

Questions about making the opaque backgrond of an image transparent.

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Making the background of an image transparent in Gimp

I have some jpg images and I need for each of them to have a transparent background. I have GIMP as a graphic tool. I need to put them in a web page and I need to see just the main element and have ...
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Replacing whiteness with transparency in Photoshop

I want to replace the whiteness in pixels with transparency in the same way as described in this question - i.e. for lighter pixels to be made proportionally as transparent. All solutions found via ...
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Techniques for cutting out hair accurately

I use the Pen Tool for 90% of the situations where I need to cut someone or something from a photo but sometimes it gets tricky, especially when it comes to hair. Let's take the following image for ...
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How to remove neutral background in photoshop?

I have found that so many photographers use a grey backdrop or grey background for most of their portait photographs. I assume that it's because grey is easy to remove and replace with any desired ...
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How can I remove text from an image?

I have the following image with written text over it. The image is a flat .jpeg, so I don't have access to the layers: Click image for full resolution As you can see, the written text ("SPACE&...
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How to completely remove the background from an image?

I have an image (a logo) that was on a black background. I have used Photoshop's (CS5) Background Eraser Tool to remove the background. This is great except that there are black (well grey/black) ...
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How do I blend a black-background fire image in Photoshop?

This fire image: As you can see, it has a black background, which I can't delete (because it would probably destroy the smooth-looking fire effect). I want to place some fire in a photo. However, I ...
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How can I remove the unwanted background from a scanned handwritten signature?

I need to upload my signature in a PDF document, but I do not know how to edit the background of this image. I wish to remove the bluish-tint background, and make it pure white. Can anyone help me ...
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Add transparency to an existing PNG

I'd like to use this image on a web site. What I need to do is change the background from black to transparent, so I can use the arrow on my site maintaining the page background. I used Gimp to ...
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Why does my transparent PNG not look good?

I want to convert a JPG to transparent and using GIMP I added alpha layers and transparency same way I make a GIF transparent I converted it to PNG but it doesn't display well when I load it on my ...
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How to remove backgrond using a photo with only the background? (GIMP/others)

I'm trying to remove the background from a photo with a subject, but I would prefer not need to use this kind of techniques to select the background. Some magic-fu would select the shape since it's ...
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How to remove background with Gimp?

How to remove background from an image with Gimp?
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Replace black background with a transparent background

How can I add transparent background on this image instead of black background, but I also would like to keep the partial transparency effect on some of the particles and particles borders. Could you ...
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How to remove a green/blue screen background using Photoshop CS5?

Using Photoshop CS5, i'm trying to fully remove background of a picture being shot behind a blue screen. To do this, i am using Color Range method (from Menu > Selection). It works ok for most ...
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Gimp: how to remove background noise/artifacts and enhance handwritten text

I have a lots of scanned handwritten lecture notes (PDFormat) and I want to improve their readability (I have uploaded an example). In particular I'd like to remove the "squares" on the back. I would ...
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Is there a way to batch remove the same background from multiple images?

Someone asked me a Photoshop question the other day, and after some time thinking on it I couldn't come up with an answer - hoping someone here can shed some light! Let's say I've got a batch of ...
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How to remove the textured background from a handwritten text document?

I'm using Adobe Photoshop. I noticed that there are other questions similar to this one. However, the reason I'm posting my question is, when I followed the instructions in the other question about ...
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What's the best way to remove a white background when the Magic Wand tool doesn't cut it?

I'm having trouble removing a white background with complex images like these ones. When I use the Magic Wand tool on them I just end up cutting way too much stuff away or not enough and leaving white ...
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Using GIMP, can you "erase" a color?

I'm presently working on an iOS application and I am attempting to reverse engineer their standard alert dialog window. I have managed to figure out what the alpha value on the background it uses is ...
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Is there a way to do a perfect background removal on hair?

Is there a way to do a perfect die cut on a person's hair or on dog's fur or others like difficult hair styles? Similar to this:
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How can I remove background from an image of a transparent object?

I am having hard time removing background from this image. I tried using Magic Eraser and also Background eraser tool. Both of these do not work perfectly. The reason could be the fact that lower ...
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Removing checkered background baked onto image

I have an image as follows: The checkered pattern is not the transparency, it is impressed directly on the image, and runs across the whole graphic. I would like to know if there is a way to remove ...
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Remove Background in Inkscape

I have two versions of a black and white image and would like to remove the background in both. I used Trace Bitmap in Inkscape with the settings below - the white background was no problem, but in ...
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With Photoshop, how to batch replace white background with transparent in the image

I have got hundreds images of products with clear white backgrounds. I would like to change the white background color to become transparent. Is there a means of batch processing this particular ...
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Remove white background from white object in Photoshop

How can I remove the white background with Photoshop? I am having trouble doing it with the quick selection tool, because of the whiteness of the object, specially on the top.
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How would I remove all the white from this image? I just want the image to be the red parts

The question pretty much stated it all, I want the red parts for transparency and all the white removed from this fingerprint image.
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How to remove a specific color in an image in Photoshop?

I am not an expert photoshop user but have been trying to use more of it in what I currently do. I have a black and white image from which I am trying to remove all the white. I cannot use the ...
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Photoshop CS5: Setting a black background to transparent

I have an image of smoke over a black background. If I set the blending mode of this layer to screen, the image's background is perfectly edited out, however if there isn't another layer below this, ...
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Why can't I use the Delete key to delete in Photoshop CS6?

The previous version of Photoshop I used was CS4 and whenever I selected a portion of an image with the magic wand and hit Delete, it simply deleted that portion of the image (rendering it transparent)...
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How can I fix the edges of foreground objects pasted onto a new background?

How can I cut out a foreground object, e.g. a person, from one picture and superimpose it onto a new background without making the edges look bad? The problem I've come across is that if I have for ...
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GIMP How to make existing gif background transparent

I have the following gif, how to make the grey background transparent if not white?
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How to remove white background from multiple images?

So I received approximately 70 or so images from a customer and apparently they were all scanned. They are 4x6 prints but each one has a white background the size of a paper. How can I get rid of them ...
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Removing background and cut out and sharpen handwritten text

I'm scanning some old text my grandma wrote in a book. I need to remove the background and just keep the handwriting on a white background. I've tried the Magic Wand, but that way a lot of spaces in ...
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How do I remove a green screen background in Photoshop?

How can I green screen in Photoshop? I am making a picture were I need to green screen, and it would be very helpful if someone could help me!
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Making backgrounds of animated GIF files transparent

I have been creating animated GIF files using GIMP from several frames in PNG format that I created using Jmol and now I would like to know how to make the background of the resulting GIF files ...
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How to remove background in sketch?

I've got an image I'm trying to remove the background from and I'm not really sure how that would be done with Sketch. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
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Save a JPG without a background

I have created this image in Photoshop: Layers: I would like to save this arrow to a .jpg file without the white background rectangle. How can I achieve that? I was trying to hide the background ...
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Gimp: removing background from product images

I often have the task of making the background of product images pure white. While preserving the best possible image quality, what is the quickest way to adjust colors such that the background ...
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Technical name for the removal of an image background

Can someone remind me what the technical name is for the removal of a background from a still image? Our photographer told me years ago, but I've since forgotten and it gets embarrassing!
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GIMP: Background removal gives gray fringe, when exported as PDF

I cut a region out of this Wikimedia Commons picture: I simply used the free select tool to cut out the part (ctrl+x) and inserted it into another image without background. However, when I export ...
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Use empty background image as reference for product cut out

I'm a long time user of Photoshop. Every time I want to cut out a subject I use the Pen tool and I do it manually. But now, I'm guessing if there isn't a faster way of doing by giving Photoshop a ...
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Change background color from brown to white (remove sepia)

I need to change this image's color background to white, because this takes up too much ink. I have tried to change the background to white and keep the text/map. It's for a National History Day ...
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Batch background removal on non-uniform images

The issue I'm having is the following: I have an archive of about 700,000 tif images that were originally microfilms. They are all black and white and are basically paper with information on it. I'm ...
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Blending Edges in photoshop to a different color of an extracted object with different background color

What are some awesome ways to blend anti aliased edges of an object that has been extracted, lets say from dark background, or any light/dark unique color. And needs to be placed on different most ...
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Making an out-of-focus selfie into an ID photo

I need an ID photo with a white background (that's studio type) but my best shot is only a self-portrait photograph. I need instructions to replace the out-of-focus background with white, and canvas ...