Discover how transparent backgrounds can help your photos and designs stand out.

Isolate your subjects from the background you don’t want, so you can give them the background you do. Explore how Adobe Photoshop, with help from Al, can automatically remove a subject from its background or use DIY features to make any background transparent so you can replace it.

Draw focus with background removal.

When you need to remove a distracting background from your shots, you can use image editing tools to make it transparent. In product photography and graphic design, creating a transparent background allows you to place the subject over a background color to showcase a shoe, a model, or even your logo or artwork.

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Work smarter with Adobe Sensei-powered tools.

Detect backgrounds and subjects with Adobe artificial intelligence and automatically remove backgrounds in the Layers panel. Adjustable sliders let you control elements like contrast, smoothness around the edges, and obscurity.

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Expand your brand.

Showcase your style and further establish brand identity by using transparent backgrounds. Pop isolated subjects, branding, logos, and more onto website headers, email signatures, ads, and more with ease. 

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Mask on.

Use mask layers to hide and reveal selected portions of your background nondestructively. Grow your selection area (a defined area of an image that you can further edit) or remove any unwanted pieces of background to refine it more. 

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Go global.

Tap into global refinement sliders to smooth edges with feathering to improve image contrast and sharpness. This ensures details of your subjects aren’t lost as you make the background transparent.

 

Different tools for different jobs.

If your image is particularly busy or complicated, add extra control to your selection with precision tools designed to be as exacting as your edits need.

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Get close to the edge with the Quick Selection tool.

Quickly "paint" a selection with a fully customizable round brush tip. As you drag, the selection expands and automatically locates defined edges for easier editing.

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Transform your image with the Magic Wand tool.

Make a solid color background transparent with one click of this wand. Click on any part of an image and all other pixels of the same color in the image will be selected. Then you can either mask or hide those areas.

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Round up your edges with the Lasso tool.

Make selection borders with a freehand drawing of your mouse or stylus. No need to worry about accuracy — add and subtract from selections to clean up problem areas.

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Zero in with the Refine Edge tool.

Use the Refine Edge tool to fine-tune rough or smooth edges of selections you made with the selection tools. For detailed photos with complex edges, the Refine Brush Edge allows you to brush over certain areas to tell Photoshop where to improve the edge.

 

How to make a transparent background.

Use this step-by-step tutorial to make your background disappear with tools powered by Adobe Sensei, like Remove Background.

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Open it:

Upload or drag and drop your image file into Photoshop, and then click › Window › Layers.

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Duplicate it:

Press Control+A (on a PC) or Command+A (on a Mac) to select the entire image, then Control/Command+C to make a copy of the original image, and finally Control/Command+V to paste it on a new layer. 

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Hide it:

In the Layers palette that appears on the right side of your image, click the eye icon to hide the background layer.

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Remove it:

In the Properties panel, click Quick Actions › Remove Background.

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Save it:

After Adobe Sensei analyzes the image and removes the background, save as a PSD (Photoshop) or PNG file to retain the transparency.

 

Tip: You can take a sneak peek at the layer mask by holding down Alt on Windows or Option on Mac and clicking the layer’s thumbnail.

Discover more tools to up your edits.

Learn more about image editing capabilities with these helpful Photoshop tutorials.

Understand layers.

Discover what layers in Photoshop are, what they’re good for, and how to use them.

Make your selection.

Create a selection, refine it, and discover other popular selection tools with this tutorial.

Composite photos.

Learn how to blend photos together to make new, dazzling images.

Replace backgrounds.

Give new life to your images by quickly swapping out the background.

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