How to Remove Image Background Like a Pro

Even if you are not nearly a pro in photo editing

The PhotoScissors online tool defies the core paradigm of graphic editing: to achieve the best results, you need to be a pro and use pro-level tools. Not true! With PhotoScissors being a skilled artist is not a requirement anymore. Here are some advanced techniques you can use when removing background from an image.

How to Remove Background

In PhotoScissors online, the process is intuitive and simple. You upload the image you want to edit and mark areas on the photo that are background with the red marker, and areas that are foreground with the green marker.

Uploaded image with markings

Stay within the contour, but don't paint the entire area, this is not necessary. The tool automatically removes the background based on your selection and displays the result in the right window.

For many objects the automatic algorithm produces quite good results that do not require further enhancement. But complex images containing hair, smooth edges or non-contrast objects may turn out to produce non-ideal background removal. Take a look at these jagged edges, for example:

Jagged edges

How to Smooth Edges after Background Removal

PhotoScissors online features a number of options to refine the results you get. The first option is smoothing the edges. Here is how it works.

Switch to the "Foreground" tab in the right menu. The "Smooth the Boundary" option will apply the anti-aliasing effect to the edges of the cut-out image making them look smoother:

Smoothed edges

As you see, with this option the result looks better. Can we do something else? Again, yes, read along.

How to Offset Edges of the Selection

By default, PhotoScissors selects the foreground object along the auto-detected edges. But you can add or subtract a specific offset to refine the result. Here is how it works.

Open the "Foreground" tab in the right menu. The value of the "Offset the Boundary" option defines how the edge is modified. Positive values shift the edge outwards, while negative values move the edge inwards:

Negative Offset edge Positive Offset edge

But there is one more way in PhotoScissors to smoothen the edge of the foreground object.

Result Offset edge

How to Use Feathering to Smoothen the Edges

The feathering effect defines how fast the opaque foreground object transits to the transparent background. The value of 0 means very sharp edge which is good for solid and hard objects, while the maximum of 10 means very smooth edges suitable for hair, fur and fuzzy objects. Depending on the actual object, you may want to set the value between 0 and 10.

To set Feathering, switch to the "Foreground" tab in the menu and set the value in the corresponding box. The effect takes a little while to apply and is displayed in the right preview.

Feathering edge

As you see, the result looks very good, and it didn't require a lot of skill or any professional software, just PhotoScissors. Remember to save and download the edited image when you are done!

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