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3 tips for better background erasing

Are you having difficulty removing a background? Some photos are trickier to cut out than others but don’t worry, here are some tips that can help you get a better result.

Before/after background removal

Tip 1 – Change view mode when cutting out

In Photo Cutter, when you remove areas from a photo they are replaced by a “checkerboard” background by default. However, you can also choose a color background view.

Why do this?

  • Using a color background makes it easier to see which areas still need removing, and which areas have been removed by accident.
  • It makes it easier to paint areas back in with the green marker.

Transparent vs color background

How to get a color background

  1. Click the small triangle at the bottom of the cut-out tool. This opens a dropdown menu called View mode of removed areas. Expanding the cut-out menu
  2. In the dropdown menu select color background. This adds a color overlay to your picture. Selecting a color background view mode
  3. To change the color of the background, click the Color box to open the palette. View mode menu

Note: You can make your background more transparent or more solid by adjusting the opacity slider.

Tip 2 – Use a smaller brush and zoom in

The best way to deal with more complex photos is to work in small sections. Try zooming in and reducing brush size to mark precise areas of your photo.

  1. Zoom in using CTRL Z, or your mouse wheel. Alternatively, use the zoom options at the top of the right-hand panel.  Using zoom menu to enlarge a section of the photo
  2. Adjust brush size using the slider in the right-hand panel, underneath the cut-out markers. Brush size slider

Tip 3 – Use feathering on difficult edges

If your photo has unclear edges, such as hair, increase feathering to smooth them.

Photo with low feathering vs high feathering

Adjust the feather slider in the right-hand panel.

Feather slider


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