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Background Removal Options in PhotoPlus X3
One of the many nice features of PhotoPlus X3 is that it includes a variety of different tools that can be used in digital photo editing projects in which you want to remove the background scenery or extract a particular object. No single one of these tools is necessarily better than the other – in the end, deciding which one to use comes down to a combination of the particular photo that you are editing and user preference.
In this tutorial, we're going to focus on the Background Eraser and show how it can be used together with the Standard Eraser to remove a photo's background. We'll also give some tips on how to get the most out of these tools in PhotoPlus.
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Using the Background Eraser
Step 1: Once you've opened your photo in PhotoPlus, the first thing you want to do is to zoom into the area of the image that contains the object you want to keep. In this example, we'll use a photo containing several food items on a picnic table. We want to get rid of everything except the pumpkin that's shown in the central part of the screenshot below. (Click any image for a larger view.)
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Step 4: Here's where the tricky part comes in that will require a little bit of practice and a whole lot of patience. Position the Background Eraser so that is slightly overlaps the edges of the object that you want to keep. The image below shows how much you want the tool to overlap.
Now, start tracing around the object with the Background Eraser and you'll see the background of the photo start to fade away. It's a good to perform this tracing step in short strokes, stopping and starting several times. That way, if you make a mistake along the way, you can use the undo feature to remove only that last little stroke instead of having to start over from scratch.
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Again, this will take some patience – more so if the background is complicated with a lot of different colors and items as in this particular example. However, even it seems horribly monotonous at first, remember that it does get faster and easier with practice.
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If you find this method of background removal too monotonous and time-consuming, you may want to try using the Object Extraction tool instead – we've covered that in a different PhotoPlus X3 tutorial.