View Full Version : Removing background from images

Alex Ross
11-28-2008, 10:23 AM

I am designing a catalog however the photos have a background, for
example the pictures are of shoes but i can see the table the shoe is
sitting on and the background behind the shoe, is there a way to cut
the shoes out in Photoshop so the background is removed?


11-28-2008, 11:02 AM
post an example, and I'll show you

11-28-2008, 11:04 AM
Hey, is this Alex or Bob? :D

Seriously, though, the Magic Wand will do a rough job of it; you can manually select around 'em with the Lasso (or even Magnetic Lasso) and erase the edge-bits a little at a time if it's got to be perfect. Just copy what you need, paste it onto the background, and clean up the edges with the eraser.

EDIT: Jon's got it covered, he knows more cool tricks than I do.

11-28-2008, 11:49 AM
I 2nd the magnetic lasso. just click and drag slowly aorund the item, then copy and paste into a new file with a transparent background :up:

12-02-2008, 08:49 PM
You could also use the extract filter(filter>extract) However don't use it if the shoes have things like fur because you wont be able to get that fine of a cut out with extract.

12-02-2008, 09:49 PM
There are tons of different ways to clip a portion of an image from it's background, but the preferable method depends a bit on the image itself.