If you’re not following Joel Comm, do it. Now. Joel is one of my favorite resources for technology. He’s blunt, honest, and incredibly transparent. There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not checking in to what he’s discovered next… and today was a biggy!
Joel let everyone know about a new tool online, remove.bg. The tool utilizes artificial intelligence to analyze images with people and then accurately and finitely remove the background.
If you’ve ever tried to do with with Photoshop, you know what an awful experience it is. Despite Photoshop’s eraser options, and even their magic options, they still don’t even come close. Watching a great photoshop user erase backgrounds is pretty amazing.
I’m not even going to give you a tutorial on how because I hope to never, ever, ever, ever use that functionality again. Here’s a test that I just uploaded to remove.bg. I really wanted to give it a good test – no close-ups and plenty of background details.
Remove the Background from a Photo of a Group of People
And here’s the amazing result:
The engine even removed the bicycle! The modified photo also adjusted the size and margins to center the image vertically and horizontally. Simply amazing!
Remove the Background from a Headshot
Remove the Background from a Logo or other Object
While Remove.bg was originally designed for removing backgrounds from headshots and people, they’ve evolved their algorithms so that you can upload virtually any image to the service and it will cleanly remove the background. I’ve used it a number of times for this and it’s worked fantastic!
Remove Photo Background Tools & API
- Online Tool to Remove Backgrounds – Perfect for single image processing and testing before running a batch, the Remove.bg website is the way in for most visitors. And preview images are always free! Here you will also find the editor which lets you change the background color or image.
- Desktop Tool to Remove Backgrounds – The desktop version of remove.bg for Windows, Mac, or Linux gives you more control. For example, you can select the output format. It’s also ideal for batch processing thousands and thousands of images one after the other: ideal if you are selling online or working with user-generated content.
- Photoshop Extension to Remove Backgrounds – Self-explanatory! Remove images from inside the go-to image processing software without having to faff around with the built-in tools. Every cutout done in the Extension comes with a fully editable layer mask for extended editing.
- API to Remove Image Backgrounds – The API is the most flexible solution we offer. You can integrate the extended editing to get full control over output and batch processing into almost any workflow. And our community has already created a fantastic range of ready-made plugins for Figma, WooCommerce, Sketch, and Visual Studio Code.
Pricing options include subscription plans and pay as you go.
Disclosure: I’m using my affiliate link for Remove.bg in this article.