We have been asked by Snagit customer, Rolf, what is the easiest way to make the background of a head shot transparent when the background is not a single solid color?
This is a simple, straightforward process that I have described below.
Before You Begin Tips!
- The more you do this.. the faster and more proficient you will become at it. When starting out, take your time going around the edges.
- Zoom in to get the best view.
- Use the Eraser in short strokes releasing the mouse as you go. If you attempt to do this in one long stroke, if you make a mistake and click Undo, all your work will be undone. Instead, if you use short strokes, you can undo just the last stroke.
- The white tip of the Eraser is the part that actually erases.
- Use the various sizes of the Eraser to get better control and fine tuning.
- When you think your a finished, fill your background with a solid color to ensure there isn’t any background you missed.
To Remove the Busy Background
- Use the Selection tool to remove large chunks of the background.
- Use the large Eraser tool to begin removing the rest of the background and background close to the section you want to keep. Use short strokes.
- Use a smaller Eraser to continue to erase along the edge of the section you want to keep.
- Zoom out periodically to get a good view of your work.
- Use the fill tool to see if you have any background that was missed. If so, erase that.
- When done, fill with transparency.
- If desired, use the 2% blur to get rid of any jagged edges.
I have also made a video showing how I removed the background from the image above. It took me about 3.5 minutes. I have sped up the video a bit to 2.5 minutes.
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