How to Remove White Background in Photoshop

I’m sure it has happened to you already. You thought that that photo had a transparent background, but it turned out being white. Isn’t it annoying? We’re about to show you How to Remove White Background in Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop gives you a few interesting tools that will make your life easier when it comes down to removing the background of a photo.

In this article:

  • Photoshop: Remove Background
    • How to Make Transparent Background in Photoshop
    • How to Get Rid of a Solid Coloured Background?
  • How to Export an Image With Transparent Background?
  • Conclusion

It’s very important to not forget that every photo has to be analysed individually to find the best tool to use. In fact, every case is different and whether your photo has a solid coloured background, or a multi-coloured one, you will want to use a different method to get rid of it. Also, sometimes you’ve already done the right thing and you only need to know how to export the transparent background properly. Don’t you worry, we’re about to show you all of that!

Let’s analyse the situation case by case.

Photoshop: Remove Background

So, I get it. That annoying white background is still there! And you know what? Doesn’t really matter how long you’re gonna try, it’ll stay there forever, unless you tackle it the right way.

It’s not difficult, you just need to know what to do!

Let’s try to be more specific and go through some of the most common situations.

How to Make Transparent Background in Photoshop

We’re about to show you a great method to get rid of that stupid white background that we sometimes find in photos. We aim to obtain an image with a transparent background.

Be aware that this method not only works with white background, but with any solid coloured background. Let’s see how to make transparent background in Photoshop.

The tools that we are going to need are the Background Eraser and the Magnetic Lasso.

First of all, we have to import the photo into a Photoshop project.

We aim to somehow get rid of that background. The first assumption looking at the photo is that the toughest part of the background to get rid of is the one around the Eiffel tower. We want to do it properly, without leaving any parts of the background in place and without making it look fake.

So, pick the Background Eraser Tool that you’ll find in the Tools panel (usually located on the left side of the window).

The Background Eraser Tool has a lot in common with the normal Eraser Tool. In fact it also gets rid of parts of the image. The main difference is that it detects the color of the background and erases only those shades of color, leaving all the other parts of the image where they are.

When you use the Background Eraser Tool the mouse cursor becomes a circle with a small cross in it. That cross picks up the color of the background that will then be deleted.

Right-clicking you’ll be able to choose the size of the cursor, to work precisely on the areas you need.

As we said, this tool picks up the color detected by the small cross in the circle of your mouse cursor. You have the possibility of adding a number of shades to that color.

This is called Tolerance. The Tolerance represents the number of shades of the background color that you want to keep or get rid of. Ideally you would always keep this number low. This will decrease the risk of mistakenly getting rid of parts of the image that are not in the background.

When you try to remove a background it is very important that you keep this tool set on Once sampling with Discontiguous limits.

If you think that the tool is not very accurate and you’ve done your best working on the tolerance to make it more precise, you can consider to use the Magnetic Lasso Tool.

This tool, magnetically detects and selects the borders of the photo. You simply have to select the first point and drag your mouse cursor all along the borders of your photo. Sometimes, it might be good to click on the borders to give the tool some indications and help it to select the right parts of the image.

How to Export an Image With Transparent Background?

If you were looking for “How to Remove White Background in Photoshop” you might also need some help exporting your project. In fact, this part of the process can be very tricky.

Let’s start from the basic stuff. Adobe Photoshop files normally have a .psd extension. A .psd file represents a Photoshop project. When it comes to exporting it as an image you can choose between different extensions, such as .jpg, .png, .bpm…

If you’re having troubles exporting a project with transparent background, it might be the case that you’re selecting the wrong export format. In fact, it’s very common to create a project with transparent background, but then find it white after exporting it.

Here’s how to make transparent background in Photoshop.

Into the File menu, choose the Save As option.

Here, you get to name your image and select a format that allows you to save the image with a transparent background from the dropdown menu.

The main format that allows you to save an image with transparency is .png, so pick that one and click on Save. Then, set the desired .png options (if you don’t know what to pick, just leave them as they are) and click ok.

You’ll then obtain an image with a transparent background.


We’ve shown you How to Remove White Background in Photoshop. This might sound like an easy task, but if you don’t know about the best tools to use, it might become a real nightmare. Also, using all the tools properly is the key to succeeding when it comes to editing photos.

We understand, Adobe Photoshop is a difficult software to learn and to really get the hang of it you’ll have to practice a lot and spend time to figure out all the great functions offered. Our experts at Job Wherever work constantly to update all the special guides on the website and if you’re into Adobe Photoshop, you might find some of these guides very helpful:

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