How to Remove the Background from Your Product Images Using the Background Eraser Tool

June 15, 2013 - Holly Cardew

At Pixc, a big tip we give readers is ‘Remove the background from your product images’.

Here are ways you can do so using Photoshop. Select the object you want to keep, and then copy and paste it to a new layer.


Another way to do it is to use the Background Eraser tool. This tool samples the colour at the center of the brush and then deletes pixels of a similar color as you ‘paint’.

(Note: Here’s how to remove backgrounds with the Pen tool!)

Here’s how to remove the background from your product images using the Background Eraser tool:

1. Start by opening an image that you want to remove the background from.

2. Select the Background Eraser tool from the toolbox. It may be hidden beneath the Eraser tool.

3. On the tool options bar at the top of the screen choose a round, hard brush. The size of the brush will vary depending on the image you’re working on. On the tool options bar, set the sampling to ‘Continuous’. A low tolerance limits the eraser to areas that are very similar to the sampled color. A high tolerance erases a broader range of colors.

checkerboard plate

4. Bring the pointer near the edge of the person or object that you want to remove the background from. You will see a circle with small crosshairs in the center. The crosshairs show the hotspot and deletes that color wherever it appears inside the brush. It also performs colour extraction at the edges of any foreground objects, so that colour halos are not visible if the foreground object is later pasted into another image.


5. Click and drag to start erasing. There is no problem if you bring the circle over the edges between the background and the object but it’s very important that you don’t drag the cross hairs over the edges.

As you click and drag you will see the checkerboard pattern appear in the areas you have erased. Continue erasing around the object. In some places you will need to reduce the size of the brush to ensure you don’t accidentally erase part of the object.

And that’s how you remove the background from your product images! I hope this helps you — I would love to see what you have achieved.

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