The BEST Photo Background Removal Software For Product Photography

Almost every eCommerce website now uses some kind of photo background removal in order to display their product images. Why do you need to remove the background of your product images? There are a number of benefits: backgrounds are removed to create consistency, remove unwanted distractions, add focus to a product and improve the overall look of a product. 

Removing the background from a product image can seem beyond the skill sets of most business owners. It is though a relatively straight forward process, with little creative ability needed. If you are just starting out and perhaps budgets are tight then you may need to handle background removal yourself.

So, what is the best photo background removal software for product photography?

In our opinion and the opinion of many other image editing services Adobe Photoshop.

There are a number of different options available when it comes to removing a background from an image. We evaluate the top 4 most used in detail below:

Adobe Photoshop & Photo Background Removal

Source: Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is pretty much the standard image editing software used by professionals around the world. The software is packed full of features that once learned make product background removal a breeze.

For a business starting out Photoshop is the most expensive of the software discussed here, though the price is fairly reasonably if you subscribe to the monthly Creative Cloud suite. The price is currently $20.99 per month (2020).

You can use two tools within Photoshop to perform your background removal. The magic wand tool and the pen tool.

You can use the Magic Wand option to select the outline of your product. It’s a perfect tool for selecting general areas, but it is weak for focusing in on the details and finer points of a shape (for example hair).

The pen tool, on the other hand, is perfect for Curves, grooves and fine details.

You can find a more detailed tutorial on using Photoshop to remove backgrounds here.

Gimp Photo Editor & Photo Background Removal 

Source: Gimp Photo Editor

Gimp is a freely available, open source photo editing software. It is truly a Photoshop alternative if you want to go down the free route. The software is available for both Windows and OS X.

Gimp is quite a powerful editing package and it can quite comfortably remove backgrounds for the most detailed products

Paint & Photo Background Removal 

Source: Paint.net

Paint.net is a free to purchase graphics editor program for Microsoft Windows. The software is not as powerful as the previous two options but it’s is still capable of removing product image backgrounds. In fact, the software has a fairly wide range of tools available.

The software is simple to grasp, with a fairly straightforward learning curve. Obviously, the software does not have all the functionality of Photoshop, but for a free option, it will get the job done.

Preview for Mac OS X & Photo Background Removal

Source: Apple

 As the title says preview is for Mac OS X only. If you are a Mac user, then you probably know all about Preview. A lot of Mac users don’t actually know that it can be used for image editing and removing backgrounds.

You can use previews instant alpha tool to remove backgrounds by clicking on its icon in the toolbar. It looks like a magic wand. It’s selection appears as a pink colored overlay. This selected area is the one that can be removed.

 

 

Conclusion

These are four of the best options available for you to remove backgrounds yourself. Removing the background of your product images is a great way to improve the look of your products almost instantly.

Whichever package you decide to use you should work on setting standards for your images. Once you have mastered background removal you can also look at resizing, cropping, alignment and margins.

 

 

 

.Preview for Mac OS X & Photo Background Removal

As the title says preview is for Mac OS X only. If you were a Mac user, then you probably know all about Preview. A lot of Mac users don’t actually know that it can be used for image editing and removing backgrounds.

You can use previews instant alpha tool to remove backgrounds by clicking on its icon in the toolbar. It looks like a magic wand. Is selection appears has a pink colored overlay. This selected area is the one that can be removed.

These are four of the best options available for you to remove backgrounds yourself. Removing the background of your product images is a wise way to improve the look of your products instantly.

Whichever package you decide to use you should work on setting standards for your images. Once you have mastered background removal you can also look at resizing, cropping, alignment and margins.

 

 

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