How to replace the background of your photo.

Swap out your photo background, right from your iPhone.

You’ve taken an amazing headshot of your friend, portrait of your pet, or mouthwatering photo of your food. But the background is noisy, distracting, or just plain boring. Get creative with background replacements and follow these quick tips to get your desired effect.

Why replace your photo background?

Photo background replacements only work for images in which the subject is central and the depth of field is shallow. For landscape photography or other shots with a large depth of field, the background is integral to the composition.

But with close-up portraits, macro photography, or hyper-detailed shots, eliminating the background helps remove the distraction; draw focus to your subject; and create a flattened, pop-art aesthetic. A blank background also helps if you want to turn your photographs into stickers, buttons, or posters.

See how replacing your background changes the look and feel of your photo.

How to replace a photo background

With Adobe Photoshop Express, you can remove and replace your photo background right from your iPhone or Android device. Follow these simple steps to try it for yourself:

  1. Create an Adobe account and log in
  2. Upload your image to Photoshop Express in PNG or JPG format
  3. Click Auto-Remove Background
  4. Choose a solid color or keep the transparent background
  5. Download and use your image

Get more pro photography tips.

Learn more about how to create a photo that pops without a background, and experiment with what else you can do in Photoshop Express.