How to remove background in Photoshop using pen tool


If you would like to remove background from a photo, then there are many ways to do this using GIMP or Photoshop – you can slap it on a webpage, add it to a logo, or attach it in a collage. These are really powerful software and you and create thousands of effect on photography. This is One of the most useful skills why removing background is first thing a designer learns to do in Photoshop. That’s why removing background is a most common task in Photoshop. There are many tools to do that like pen tool, background eraser tool, magic eraser tool, lasso tool, polygonal lasso tool, quick selection tool, magic wand tool etc. But in this tutorial I’ll show you how to remove background using pen tool. Let’s start:

Steps of how to remove background in Photoshop

Step 1. Open the source Image

Open the image that you want to remove the background from it.


Step 2. Select the object using pen tool

Select pen tool. The goal at this time is to make line segments called paths that attach between points called anchor points or vector paths. If you click somewhere using the pen tool, it will create a new anchor point which allows you to control the shape, size, and the curve of a path.


Step 3. Process of Remove Background

The ending target would be to draw the whole object from one point to all the way around. Then we can convert the path as a selection pressing Ctrl + A + Enter then press delete to remove the background. Now you can use the photo anywhere you want.


So there you have it, a forthright process of removing background from an Image.  This simple method can also be employed to add different backgrounds to your photography as well.

I think this tutorial can helpful to beginners and intermediate users of Photoshop. The pen tool is one of the most important tool in Photoshop. Reading this tutorial, you learn how to remove background in Photoshop.

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  • Nelly Rahman

    I think pen tool is the master of Photoshop. Very nice article I like it. thanks for share..

  • Sila Jaman

    Thank you, Rashed for your guideline. How many ways available for removing background in Photoshop? Is it the only way?

  • Suzan

    Thanks for the informative article. Anyone can remove background using this technique.

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