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Photoshop Elements How to Remove Background – How to Make a Transparent Background

September 30, 2019


Hi I’m George Peirson and in this Photoshop Elements remove background video we’ll be taking out this grassy background back here we’re moving it out of the picture and that will allow us to come in and give this picture a different background just like that. That easy to do. Okay now if you enjoy this video make sure that you Subscribe to my channel and also click that Like button. If you want to learn everything about Photoshop Elements then take a look at my complete training and you’ll find a link for that in the description. Okay, let’s get to it. [Music] To remove and replace the background in the Photoshop Elements picture it’s really a pretty simple concept. What you need to do is to make a selection around your object and use that selection to create a layer mask which we see right up here. Once you have your a layer mask in place you can then use that to hide the background around your object and then put something else in behind which becomes your new background. Now the choice of what tool to use to make that selection is the real key to making quality selection if you have a hard edge I normally will go over here and I’ll use the polygonal lasso tool which is right down there if I have a softer edge like I have in here with some hair and so forth then I’ll usually come in and use the regular lasso tool to make a rough selection and then clean that selection up using the refine edge tool and that’s how we’ll take a look and fix this particular problem here okay let’s just get rid of this one get that out of the way there we go and here’s our basic dog picture so two basic steps first make a loose selection and then second clean that selection up using the refine edge tool so here’s the basic tool lasso tool and we’re working with a new selection here in this instance I have feathering set at zero because I’m using the refine edge anyway it’s going to be giving me a soft edge anyway so that doesn’t need to be set any higher than zero for this now you can zoom in when you’re doing this might be a bit easier let’s go to our zoom tool and this is zoom in a few clicks there we go and now I’ll use this tool start outside and let’s come along and stay in fairly close I don’t want to go into the dog at all but I want to be fairly close to the dog then when you compliment edge like this if you go up against it with this tool the picture will scroll but it’s better if you hold the spacebar down and then pull it picture let go to spacebar and then continue your selection just that so say there’s a little ways out don’t go up right up against the Doug will use will get that fine edge with the refine edge tool and again spacebar and pull the picture and then just kind of continue on around now this basic technique has uses in lots of pictures and you will see me use this in a lot of my videos it’s really kind of real basic thing that once you have this concept down it can really help you out in all kinds of other images notice right down here I cut into the dog a little bit right there let’s just fix that I want to add that to my selections to go here to add and also a little loop around that that adds that in okay that’s taken care of now let’s go up to our select and refine edge now right now I’m working in Photoshop Elements 15 if you’re in a different version you’re financially relatively similar in 14 and 13 if you don’t have refine edge then you have to retard way which is just using the regular or the polygonal lasso tool does make a lotta little points along the edge you can do it but it’s just a lot more work now when you’re in the refine edge you’ll be using this tool here this is the radius tool and I like using the overlay color option in here you also can hold the spacebar down you can see there could hold spacebar down and you can move the picture around with that spacebar while still keeping the tool now when I use this I’ll take this kind of crosshair that’s in that here’s the size of your brush leave this at 35 that’s the default and I’m going to go over right up against that edge right there that line is the line of my initial selection now if I come right down and hit the edge of the dog that’s fine if I don’t I’m not going to worry about it yet I’ll normally do a couple of passes on this as my first pass I’ll then see if I came down to the edge if I did great if I didn’t all just do a little bit of an additional push just like that okay hold the spacebar down one more time let’s just move the dog over here I’m going to put this a little further over there there we are any of the same thing I’m going right up against the edge of my initial selection and as you can see I probably coming right down against the edge of that dog anyway which is fine that’s what I want to be doing there we go let’s think for a minute okay so good ruff here so let’s come over this section easy to see here because I have that green coloured in behind something’s are real easy to see where it’s not quite matching like a little bit right in there and then this continue around and work it this way again going over that edge that I had and if I need to I can come back in a little bit closer and get the a to the dachshund really work out and work towards the dog on a couple of passes or work towards your subject that’s the best way to do this okay now I have that let’s go to our zoom tool here right here in the refine edge I’m going to zoom in a bit further and back to my tool and using the spacebar I’m just going to pull straight along and look for any little spots that have a bit of green in them on it as just kind of really clean up that edge we should be okay all right there’s a little bit right there there we go just a little touch up clean up on that edge again this is real easy this time because I have that sharp distinct color in the background now for the refine edge to work need to either have a sharp color difference or you need to have a sharp contrast difference in this case we had color which is absolutely perfect for us makes it real easy to do this now again if you don’t have a definite difference between your background and your foreground if they’re very very similar you’re going to have to use a lasso tool instead and again if you have this kind of first of them it’s a much much more difficult so hopefully have that distinction in there so you can do this oh I have some pictures where I just cannot do them can’t slip them anyway here inside of Photoshop illness matter what I try I’m tried a lot I’ll show you one of those in just a bit here let’s go back on the fit screen so there’s our selection there’s the overlay now if I change this to on black you can see that if I change this over here too on white we can see that there’s a little bit of stuff right down along here and kind of see that down there and right up in here so let’s zoom in and I’ll see if we can clean up that edge anymore just a little bit along there the first thing I’ll try here is to increase my contrast sometimes increasing contrast will clean that stuff out and actually it did there that kind of clean up that bit of a mess in there that’s fine looks good now if you get little spots like that just go ahead and hit them again with this tool it’ll look a little weird because we’re doing this on white background we’re seeing there that’s the picture in behind and then we see the mask effect when I let go okay so let’s have the spacebar held down again and I’m just double-checking my edges the reason you get a little bit of that color showing through there is because we’re actually seeing a little bit of that background through because what this does for this gives you a very very slight transparency in there we had the layer mask onto that that green effect will go away so just get a little transparency we’ll put something else in behind and it will look real nice okay so there you go you can do a little bit of cleanup down here normally I’ll just use the contrast a little bit more contrast tends to clean up the edges real nice okay once you have your edge done and you check that against your black looks fine and against your white looks fine and I’ll go back to my overlay there we go and come down here so it’s output and output – and you want to do can decontaminate colors in there that just helps a little bit on that edge and I want to go to a layer mask so here we have new layer with layer mask right there click on that one and choose ok and there it is so what that does is it keeps our original because this a new layer right here with our layer mask on then alright let’s now zoom out all fit on screen again there we go so the nice cleaned up dog picture there’s our transparency so we’ve removed that background in there from the dog let’s now put in a new background file and I have one hiding in here here it is Hayden Valley kind of pretty valley image I’ll just drag this in get rid of that and then I’ll pull the sides up to resize this just a bit such fits properly there we go and then I’ll drag it down underneath of my dog picture and there we go there’s the dog in a new background just that easy to do we’ve removed the background with the lasso tool and then the refine edge and then replaced it by putting another picture in behind the dog okay again real easy to do but it’s a great technique to really practice on and learn well because you’ll find a million uses for this in all kinds of projects let me show you one picture I mentioned you just really can’t fix here we go I have tried to mask this out numerous times I’ve tried it here I’ve tried it in Photoshop I have never had any luck on this because there’s just some weird stuff happening up here the hair is light over here the hair is dark in here the backgrounds dark in here the backgrounds less of the background and the foreground are different across the image there’s a lot of those little little fine stuff in here now if you go over to the professional Photoshop Adobe Photoshop program and you really play around channels and things there are ways of doing this kind of level of background removal but you just cannot do this in elements is this is beyond what elements can do so if you see something like this if you have a project like this picture like this and all you have is elements just put it aside figure you can’t do that it’s not going to work hopefully it has them a bit more contained edge like we have here with our dog and then it’s a fairly easy process as you saw to go ahead and remove that background and then replace it with something else so there you go that’s how you can use Photoshop Elements to remove a background thank you for watching my video I hope you found it useful if you like this video click on the like button below to let others know you can click the subscribe button so you don’t miss any of my videos in the future and frequently uploading new training videos don’t forget to check out my website at houck 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