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 finalise.

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.

Use black and white brushes in Photoshop to hide or show the background of a photo

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.

Use Photoshop Refine Edge Brush tool to blend hair to background in a photo

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.

Make transparent background in Photoshop

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.

It is a one-click preset that instantly removes the background from an image using Photoshop's Subject Select and background deletion capabilities.

It is located in the Quick Actions panel in Photoshop. Click the + icon in the Quick Actions panel and search for "Remove Background".

It uses Subject Select to automatically detect and select the main foreground subject, creates a layer mask, then deletes the leftover background layer.

Photoshop Remove Background works best on images with high contrast between subject and background. Portraits, products and still objects tend to produce good results.

Remove Background is much faster and automatic versus manually erasing the background with the Eraser tool. But the manual eraser allows more customised control if needed.

The Remove Background tool creates both a selection around the subject and a layer mask to isolate it from the background