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🔎 Quick Tips: Remove backgrounds with a simple click

Adobe Employee ,
Jul 12, 2021 Jul 12, 2021

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How to remove a background quickly

 

Did you know there’s a Remove Background Quick Action button in the Properties panel that removes the background in one click? Head over to Photoshop and give it a try!

 

If you don't already have the app, you can buy or try it here:  Get Photoshop    

 

 

❶ Open an image in Photoshop 

 

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❷ Ensure you are not editing a background layer

 

  • If the image is the background layer, double click on "Background" to make it a normal pixel layer.

 

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  •  Rename the layer or leave the name "Layer 0" and click OK.

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 ❸ Open Quick Actions

 

  • If you don’t currently see the Properties Panel, go to the main menu, click Window, and check Properties.
  • If the list of Quick Actions is not showing, click on the arrow by Quick Actions make the options visible.

 

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 Choose Remove Background

 

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Optional: Edit the layer mask

 

You should now see your image on a transparent background. If you are happy with the selection, you can skip this part.  However, if you want to bring back some areas of the image or hide other areas, you can modify the layer mask.

 

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  • Click on the layer mask thumbnail in the Layers Panel.

 

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  • Use the brush tool to paint black on any additional areas of the image that you want to hide. Then, paint white on any additional areas of the image that you wish to reveal.

 

 

Check out this video to see it for yourself: Removing Backgrounds in Photoshop

 

 

Related links:

Learn how to search faster with the Photoshop Discover Panel
Refine a selection in the Select And Mask workspace

Quickly select people or objects

Selection tools gallery

Mask layers

Adjust pixel selections

Photoshop User Guide

Check out other Photoshop Quick Tips

 

 

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Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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A very useful tip for achieving a transparent background. Thanks for your contribution!

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Jul 15, 2021 Jul 15, 2021

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Jul 29, 2021 Jul 29, 2021

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Thanks Pattie.

 

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Sep 02, 2021 Sep 02, 2021

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Hi there,

 

I have downloaded the latest Photoshop through my CC account but I'm still not seeing the enhanced properties panel despite layers being unlocked and/or duplicated. There is not even a 'quick actions' drop down menu.

 

Please advise as to why I might not have received the new properties panel features with my latest download. I am in particular looking for the 'remove background'quick action.

 

Thanks so much

Julia

 

 

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