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Erasing backgrounds

The "Background Erase" feature provides a quick and effective way to cut complex objects out of photos and place them on top of other backgrounds. 

  • To do this, start by masking the object in the foreground using the "Mask Painter" tool. Be careful not to mask the background.
  • Click the "Background Erase" button. This will make the background transparent.
  • Use the eraser tool to remove any remaining parts of the background, paying careful attention not to erase the object in the foreground. 

The higher the contrast or difference in color between the foreground and background objects, the better the results will be. 

How do I export the new photo I've created?

To save any new photos you create using this method (e.g. inserting a foreground object onto a different background), select both the image and the background and go to "File" > "Export JPEG".

An image with an erased background is not a JPEG file — it's a 32-bit alpha channel bitmap file. This type of file can be exported in PNG format.

If you aren't satisfied with the results after erasing the background, undo the mask, remask the foreground object and press "Background Erase" again.

You can also try to improve the results by editing the image with the eraser brush. To separate or remove areas of the mask, hold down the Shift key when using the Mask Editor or eraser.