๐Ÿ”Ž Quick Tips: Remove backgrounds with a simple click

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Jul 12, 2021 Jul 12, 2021

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How to remove a background quickly

 

Did you know thereโ€™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! You can also access it in the Discover Panel: Click HERE to try the Remove Background Quick Action.

 

 

โถ Open an image in Photoshop 

 

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โท 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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 โธ Open Quick Actions

 

  • If you donโ€™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 to make the options visible.

 

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โน Choose Remove Background

 

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โบ 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

 

 

 

 

This feature is also available in Photoshop on the iPad. Check it out: Remove Background in Ps on iPad

 

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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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But wait. There's more.

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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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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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Hi Julia -

 

Another way to get to the Quick Actions is from the Discover panel. Try any of these choice and then pick Quick Actions from the Browse section:

  •  Cmd/Ctrl  F (keyboard shortcut)
  • Click the Search icon (magnifying glass) at the upper-right of the interface
  • Choose Help > Photoshop Help from the main menu bar

If you are not seeing Quick Actions in your properties panel, check to see if you are using the latest version of Photoshop. You may be using an older version that does not have this feature. Updating should fix this issue.

 

Once you are able to see the Quick actions section in the Properties panel, you will need to select a layer before the Remove Background Quick Action will show.

 

Pattie

 

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Apr 17, 2022 Apr 17, 2022

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Sab kuchh edit de do

 

 

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Apr 26, 2022 Apr 26, 2022

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I followed the instructions, but did not get a transparent background. I got a white background. Please help.

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Apr 28, 2022 Apr 28, 2022

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Hi there,

Could you please share your image here?
Did you follow the exact steps mentioned in the post above?

Regards,
Sahil

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