6 ways to remove the background of a picture

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This post lists 6 ways to remove the background of a picture.

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We all love taking pictures — at least most of us. This is our way of keeping memories. We are also fond of downloading the pictures that we are interested in from the internet.

There are times when we want our pictures to have no background. Kind of like PNG image format pictures that have no backgrounds. It could be to use them in other apps like PowerPoint slides such that they fit in. Or, for use in designs that are already formatted so the image has to blend in for consistency.

How do we then remove the background? Read on to find out.


How to remove the background of a picture:

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1. Using the background eraser app on your phone

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Screenshot of the app on Google Play Store

a) Open the Background Eraser app on your Android device. NOTE: There are also various background eraser apps for iOS that you can install on your iPhone or iPad.

b) Assuming you have it installed, tap on tap on Load Photo and Select the image you want to edit from your device.

c) After choosing the image, you will be asked to crop the image as much as possible. Crop carefully, you do not want to crop parts of the image you want to retain.

d) Then, you start removing the background. You have the manual way where you can rub off the parts you do not want. Then there is the magic feature that automatically removes the background for you.

You can also zoom in as you are rubbing off unwanted parts on the image. After removing the unwanted parts, click on done and then choose the levels of smoothness you would like.

e) Then tap on save and then finish.

2. Using the Alpha tool on an iPhone

a) Tap your photo to select, then tap the “Format” button.

b) Tap on the photo, and tap the Instant Alpha. Move your finger to the color you need to disappear.

c) It grows to areas that use the same color as you move it. Tap and drag more than once to erase multiple colors.

d) Tap on “Done” or “Reset” to revert the changes and restore the image to its previous state.

3. With PowerPoint

a) Mark your areas to keep. Click, hold, and draw over those parts of your image you wish to keep.

b) Click on “Keep Changes.” Mark those areas you wish to remove.

c) And to remove unwanted parts from the image: select the marked areas, click, hold, and draw over the unwanted parts of your image.

d) Click on “Keep Changes.” And you are done.

4. Using Microsoft word

To remove the background of an image with Microsoft word, follow the steps below:-

a) Pick the image you wish to remove from the background. Click “Picture Format,” Remove Background (or Format), then click “Remove Background.”

b) Now, the default background area is expected to change to magenta if marked for removal, and the foreground will maintain the original color.

c) But in a case where the default area is not correct:

Click on Background Removal, Picture Tools; either remove more parts from the picture, select “Mark Areas to Remove,” then use the drawing pencil to draw tables that will mark the areas.

You can also select the “Mark Areas to Keep,” then free-form drawing pencil to tables on the parts you wish to keep.

d) Select the “Keep Changes” option. And save. To save, right-click on the image and choose “Save as Picture.”

5. With Adobe Photoshop

a) Open your image in Photoshop. Move your cursor to the right-hand layer of the panel.

b) Press Command+J (for macOS users) or CTRL+J (for Windows users) to Duplicate your current layer.

c) Move to the “Quick Actions” panel and click on the “Remove Background” button, and you are done.

6. Using Adobe illustrator

a) Launch illustrator on your PC

b) Open the image you would like to remove the background from.

c) Use the pen tool to draw around the parts you would like to keep.

d) Select both the outline created using the pen tool and the image. Press CTRL + 7, on your keyboard. Or create clipping mask.

e) Save the image or export the file as JPEG or PNG.


There are multiple ways to remove backgrounds from images. The above 6 are some of them. Let us know which of the 6 you have tried out using before or the ones that should have been included among the 6.