Remove and replace your background.

You don’t need a big travel budget to give your photo a beautiful background. With Photoshop, you can easily change the scenery from blah to Bali in just a few clicks.

How to remove a background in Photoshop.

Pick your photo. Open your image in the Layers panel and unlock the layer.

Click to remove. In the Properties panel, click Remove Background under Quick Actions.

Refine your edges. Use the Brush tool to clean up any small bits of background that remain.

Replace your background. Drag and drop a new image onto the canvas and press Enter / Return to finalize.

Move it to the back. In the Layers panel, drag the new image underneath the original one.

There you have it — another way you can get more done with Photoshop.

Using black and white brushes to conceal the background of a woman with yoga prayer hands

Reveal or conceal with black and white brushes.

After you remove the background, some small bits may still be visible on the edges of a subject. Select the subject and use the white brush to reveal and the black brush to conceal any unwanted pixels.

Using the Photoshop Refine Edge Brush tool to blend woman’s curly hair to new black background

Refine your edges.

Double-check the edges of the object you cut out to make sure you’re happy with your selection. This is especially true around complex edges, like animal fur or human hair. Use the Refine Edge Brush tool to seamlessly blend the subject with its new background.

Woman sitting in a yoga prayer pose with a transparent background

Try a transparent background.

Make a white background transparent to isolate your subject so you can use it in a variety of ways. You can pop your newly isolated subject, logo, or branding onto website headers, email signatures, ads, and more.

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Frequently asked questions.

Go to the Properties panel, found on the right side of the screen. Scroll down to Quick Actions. Click "Remove Background." Or you can select "Remove Object" in the contextual task bar.

Replacing a background in Photoshop usually starts with a selection. You can choose from lots of different selection tools. Select using a geometric shape, draw your own free-form selection shape, or use one of the automatic selection tools.

As you work with Photoshop, you'll start to discover which selection tools you like best for different situations. Here are a couple of tips to help youget started:

Use Select Subject to select any or all of the subjects in an image.

Use the Object Selection tool to select an object, or even just pats of an object.

The Eraser tool changes pixels to either the background color or to transparent. If you're workingon a background or in a layerwith Transparency locked, the pixels change to the background color. Otherwise, the pixels change to transparent.

You can also use the Eraser to return the affected area to a previous state by selecting that state in the History panel.

Start by selection the Eraser tool. If you're erasing the background or a layer with locked transparency, set the background color you want to apply.

First, switch background and foreground colors.

Then, in the Options bar, choose a Mode setting. Brush mode and Pencil mode set the eraser to act like a tradional brush or pencil, respectively. Block mode gives you a hard-edged fixed-sized square.

For Brush or Pencil modes, choose a brush preset, and set the Opacity and Flow in the Options bar. (Block mode does not have Opacity and Flow options.) An opacity of 100% erases pixels completely. A lower opacity erases pixels partially. See more about these tool options.

To erase to saved state or a snapshot of the image, click the left column of the state or snapshot in the History panel and then select Erase To History in the Options bar.

The Eraser tool can be found in the Tool Gallery on the left side of the screen.

White backgrounds can be removed using the Remove Background quick actions.