How to use the Background Eraser tool in Adobe Photoshop

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The easiest way to remove the background from an image in Adobe Photoshop is the Background Eraser tool. Its a blend of Quick Selection Tool and Eraser tool. The Background Eraser tool helps in picking up the colours in the needed diameter and deletes pixels of the picked colour, as you drag around the image.

I. Open the image that you want to remove the background from. Select the Background Eraser tool from the toolbox which at times remains hidden beneath the Eraser tool. 


II. You can choose the needed round for the hard brush, on the tool option bar at the top of the screen.


III. You can set sampling to Continuous, limits to Find Edges and Tolerance to a lower range such as 20-25%, on the tool option bar. Only the areas that are similar to the colour selected will be erased. A higher rate of tolerance will erase a broader range of colours.

IV. You can see a circle with a cross hair in the centre by bring the pointer near to the edge of the background that has to be changed. The cross hair denotes the ‘hotspot’ or the centre of the eraser. Set the background colour that has to be applied and drag it to the area that has to be erased. The tool deletes the colour, wherever it appears inside the brush. On clicking and dragging through the desired portion you can see that the needed colour pattern appears in the areas that were erased.

V. Continue erasing, by adjusting the size of the bush. Once you have erased the necessary portions, choose a large brush and get rid of the rest of the background.

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