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How Background Eraser Tool works in Photoshop

17 September

The Background Eraser Tool

background eraser tool

We’ll discover all about the Background Eraser Tool in Photoshop and how to employ it with no trouble it can remove background areas of an image.

background eraser tool

The Background Eraser Tool is particularly useful with photos that contain lots of fine detail along the boundaries between your object and its background.


Background Eraser is, without a doubt, one of the finest tools in Photoshop to remove unnecessary areas of a photo, but it’s not ideal and it does have one severe drawback also. Eraser tool essentially deletes pixels from the photograph, which means that once they’re gone, they’re gone permanently. To avoid harm your original image, it’s a fine idea to copy your Background layer primary before erasing any pixels or work on a divide copy of your image.

We need to careful about the sampling options for background remove tool-


The sampling options: left- Continuous, middle- Once and right- Background Swatch

 The Background Eraser Tool is found nested under the regular Eraser Tool in the Tools panel.


 If we look in my Layers panel, we see that the image is sitting on the Background layer


 Let’s say I want to remove the yellow column in the middle without erase the pink & sky columns on either side of it. The way the Background Eraser works is that Photoshop samples the color that’s straight below the crosshair in the middle of the circle. Any pixels inside the circle that equivalent the color of the pixel straight under the crosshair will be erased.


 When I click my mouse button, Photoshop samples the yellow color under the crosshair and erases all of the matching yellow pixels that fall within the larger circle

background eraser tool

 To remove more of the yellow column, I just need to continue holding my mouse button down as I drag the Background Eraser over more of the area. Make sure, to select the sampling option in the Options Bar.

background eraser tool

Notice that even though the circle sometimes extends into one of the sky color columns, they remain undamaged, and that’s because those pixels are not the similar color as the color that Photoshop sampled itself. This makes it trouble-free to get right up beside the ends of the area want to clean out. As long as maintain the crosshair inside the yellow area, Photoshop will only remove yellow pixels

 However, if I want to move the crosshair over an area of sky, Photoshop samples the sky color and starts erasing sky pixels making sure that Continuous sampling option is active first. It works great when the background you’re trying to remove contains multiple colors. The Once option frequently works superior if the color of your background doesn’t transform much

That’s how to simply remove background areas of an image with the Background Eraser Tool in Photoshop!


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