How to Edit a Photo to Eliminate the Background & Keep the Image in the Foreground

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Photo editing software now makes it possible to have professional looking pictures that you create from your home computer. Photos can be edited for everything from the color of the photo, to editing out blemishes in your picture that you don't want others to see. With the advancement of these photo editors it is possible to alter an image by removing or changing the background of the photo. This process takes practice and a steady hand but can ultimately produce a professional result.

Things You'll Need

  • Photo editing software (FotoFlexer, Photoshop or Picnik)
  • FotoFlexer features an easy-to-navigate platform that allows you to eliminate the background of a photo. In FotoFlexer, upload your photo from your computer and press the "Geek" selection. In the geek selection, you will have the choice of using the smart scissors tab or the smart cutout tab. You can use either tool to outline the image that you want to keep and delete the background. Both require some practice and patience to achieve a clean result.

  • A couple of methods can be used in Adobe Photoshop to eliminate the background of picture — one is the lasso tool. Open your photo in Photoshop. Select the "Polygonal Lasso Tool" from the toolkit in the Photoshop palette. Use the tool to outline the picture that is in the foreground. Once the photo is outlined, click "Select" and then "Inverse" from your menu option. Everything in the picture that was not outlined now will have a blinking line surrounding it. Press "Delete." The background of the photo is now gone, leaving only the image in the foreground.

  • In the Picnik photo editor, you can change the entire background to white or black, thus giving the perception that the background of the photo has been eliminated. In Picnik, slide your slider to the left. Click "reverse effect" on the painting box. Paint out the background of the picture. When complete, you will successfully have removed the background of your photo while keeping the main image in the foreground.

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