How to Remove the Background from Any Picture the Easy Way

In this easy, hands-on course I will present several 5-minute ways of removing a background in Photoshop
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  • Lectures 8
  • Length 31 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

Join over 1000 students who are learning one of the most in demand techniques in photo editing!

Learn how to remove the background from any picture in less than 10 minutes!

The course covers 6 exercises and takes only around 30 minutes to complete. I will take you from easy one-color backgrounds to more complex cases where the subjects mix with the backgrounds.

This course is for you if:

  • You're a regular person with no experience with Photoshop, but who wants to photoshop herself or some friends in different pictures and collages.
  • You're a designer and want to extract products or people from pictures, for use in ads and banners.
  • You're a photographer who wants to make surreal compositions with subjects taken out from other pictures.

Remember that if you are unhappy with what you found here, you will get a full 100%, no questions asked, refund.

Or, you can tell me how I can make this course better, and I'll add more lectures based on your feedback. And you will get them for free!

What are the requirements?

  • how to install and open Adobe Photoshop :)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • change the background of any picture regardless of the composition
  • remove backgrounds around detailed hair
  • extract subjects with motion blur
  • take objects with soft edges and shadows out of pictures

Who is the target audience?

  • anyone who wants to edit himself or a friend into another picture
  • web designers who need products with a transparent background for making ads
  • print designers who need people/animals taken out from pictures to be put in posters and other compositions

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: What you will learn

Welcome to my short, focused course on removing backgrounds from pictures!

Many people run into this problem of removing backgrounds, which is usually underestimated. Because in many cases it can be very difficult to produce commercial quality results in a short time, so that is exactly what you will learn!

Section 2: Need transparent product photos? Remove white backgrounds

Learn to remove the white background from a product photo to be able to make compositions like banners, ads and other marketing materials.

This is not the easiest case where you finish with one click, as the camera mixes with the background in some areas, and needs to be isolated first.


Product photos can contain shadows and soft edges, and this complicates the background removal operation.

In this lecture you'll use blur filters to take care of the issues after you delete the white background.

Section 3: Photoshop your friends! Removing background around hair

In this first part we'll use selection tools to quickly remove the background around hair.

You will learn why some tools have pitfalls and are suited for certain cases only.


Continuing the exercise, you'll learn a different, more time consuming way to remove the background around hair.

However, this method will yield a better result, and depending on your own pictures you can decide which technique to use.


You'll use everything you learned until now to tackle a more complicated case.

More often than not, subjects have rich photo backgrounds that make it harder to separate them apart.

Section 4: No clear edges? Removing backgrounds in motion blur pictures

And finally, in this case the subject is blended with the background because of motion blur.

You will learn how to carefully take it out, while maintaining soft edges and the ghostly appearance that subjects in motion have.


I'm happy you got this far!

Let me make this course better and bigger by telling me what new content you'd like to see, and what should be changed to the current one.

See you in the discussion section!

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Instructor Biography

Stefan Malacu, Photoshop wiz, 10 years of design experience

Starting at 16 yo, I've been working for more than 10 years with Photoshop as a freelance designer. And in the last few years I focused on creating UI for mobile and web startups.

Making courses was a long-time dream, as I've been able to teach a few other friends what I do and set them on the path of freelancing and entrepreneurship.

There's no better feeling than helping other people succeed in their life goals, so I wanted to reach more people and give even more detailed materials than just spoken advice.

So here I am, with my first pilot course! Just one short course for now, but there's more to come as I learn how to do it better and faster.

See you in class :)

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